NAVIGATE 2020

 

Virtual Conference and College Fair

 

Register and enter to explore 24 hours of informative sessions on the college search and college application process and also explore 500+ virtual college fair booths that provide a wealth of information!  This event occurred live in May of 2020 but you can still get great info by logging in.

sponsored by 

Master the College Search

View recorded presentations to understand:

  • The impact of COVID-19 on the admission process
  • Financial aid and financial award programs
  • How to balance the application: test scores, essay, extracurriculars, etc.
  • Multicultural, first generation, and accessibility/disability resources on college campuses
  • How to find the best college fit/choose a major
  • What to expect the first year on campus

...and so much more.

 

Speakers

Founder
College Essay Guy
Director of Multicultural Recruitment and Mentoring
Eastern University
Vice President of Enrollment Management, Hamline University
President-elect, Minnesota Association for College Admission Counseling
College & Career Counselor, York Community High School
President, Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling
Professional School Counselor, Vista Valley High School
President, Rocky Mountain Association for College Admission Counseling
Chief Enrollment Management Officer
Wheaton College
College Transition Coordinator
Carmen High School of Science & Technology: Southeast Campus
Independent Education Consultant
GR College Consulting
President
Breakaway Test Prep
Associate Director of Admissions
Yale University
Associate Director for Fine Arts Admission
Webster University
Interim Director, Financial Aid
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Admission Counselor, Homeschool Liason
Palm Beach Atlantic University
President, New York Association for College Admission Counseling
Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Adelphi University
Director of College Counseling
Charlotte Christian School
Director of Student Financial Services
Eastern Nazarene College
Director of Admissions
Huntington University
Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Admission and Director of International Admission, Santa Clara University
President, International Association for College Admission Counseling
Assistant VP for Admissions & Financial Aid
Macalester College
Director of Center for Students with Disabilities
University of Wisconsin Whitewater

These sessions are recorded and posted to view but you must be logged in to the event site.  You can do so at the top right corner of this page.  This site will remain available to you until the COVID-19 crisis is over.  You can come back and watch recordings as many times as you would like.

Monday, May 4, 2020

12:00 PM
- 1:00 PM

The ACT and the SAT are the only admissions tests for the nation's colleges and universities. But how do you know which test is right for you? How do you prepare? When should you prepare? Should you take it more than once? Do colleges care which test you take? What if you qualify for extra time? Join us to get the answers to these critical questions and more, including how to navigate testing during the era of Covid-19.


1:00 PM
- 2:00 PM

What matters most to colleges: learn about how the colleges of today buck many of the trends of yesterday in how they value and evaluate a student's college admissibility. From test scores, to GPAs, rec letters to extracurriculars, join the conversation as three leading enrollment managers share with you, what matters most to colleges.


2:00 PM
- 3:00 PM

The college decision making process is daunting. With over 5,000 colleges in the USA to choose from, how do you decide where to attend? Do you want a big or small school, in state or out of state? How do you afford it once you pick one? When do you start looking? Admission Counselor, Emily Freeman, and Sr Associate Director, Mary Smith, will simplify the process with step-by-step tips for the college search/decision making process, applying to college, testing and scholarships to help you attend and afford the best college fit for you! (This session is geared toward homeschool students, but can be applicable for all).


3:00 PM
- 4:00 PM

Join a panel with experts from multiple sides of the desk--high school counselor, university admissions counselor, independent education consultant--in an exciting and engaging look at preparation for holistic college admission. We'll explore all facets of the undergraduate admission process--from course planning in high school to standardized test planning to school selection to interviews to essays and more--all within the contemporary context of the COVID-19 outbreak and the new reality that we all face through this.


4:00 PM
- 5:00 PM

While COVID19 has disrupted income, assets, and college financial plans for many families, a college education is still affordable by utilizing a variety of college financing strategies. This session will discuss how to apply for financial aid, how to notify your college of your special circumstances, required documentation, and the resources that are available to maximize your financial aid.


5:00 PM
- 6:00 PM

The changing landscape of college admission can too often result in an anxiety-filled and unpleasant process for students and their parents. Admission professionals will offer their advice and insights for how parents can appropriately assist and parent their students in a manner that makes the college process less confusing, more effective, and even enjoyable.


6:00 PM
- 7:00 PM

Career and Technical Education is really about high demand, high wage and high skills jobs! Career and Technical Education is no longer the vocational education image of grease under your fingernails and mud on your boots! Discover how you can get your education and get on with your life! Don't just make a living but make a life with your interests and your passions.


7:00 PM
- 8:00 PM

In this session, Ethan Sawyer (College Essay Guy) will answer five of the most common questions students ask about the personal statement and college application. Drawing on techniques ranging from Nonviolent Communication to Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey, this interactive session will leave students feeling inspired and ready to write. Come with an open mind and a pen.


Tuesday, May 5, 2020

12:00 PM
- 1:00 PM

This session will look at different frameworks to serve multicultural and first generation college bound students. Through mentorship, relationship building, and leveraging partnerships, the ability for everyone to have an opportunity to attend college is there. Learn how we work with not only students, but families as a whole throughout the college process to make informed decisions that will lead to college completion.


1:00 PM
- 2:00 PM

Looking for ways to make a college education more affordable? In this session we will discuss the different types of financial aid, uncover ways to find tuition discounts, explain how to increase your chances of being awarded merit aid, identify resources where families can search for scholarships, and explore some affordable hidden college gems. Learn how to identify unique programs and aid you may qualify for and discover some insider tips on making college more cost-effective.


2:00 PM
- 3:00 PM

If you would like to find out how to make the most of your Freshman year as a Multicultural student join us. We will share resources; clubs, service groups and other activities that help to balance your transition to college. We will also discuss ways to connect with faculty and staff in the form of mentoring. It is important to feel a part of the community, these resources will help.


3:00 PM
- 4:00 PM

This session will feature representatives from four universities that specialize in the fine and performing arts to give students the tools necessary to research colleges in the areas of visual arts, music, dance, theatre, filmmaking/cinematography, animation, and digital media. Topics covered will include: understanding the various degree options, how to prepare for portfolio reviews and auditions, differentiated admissions processes for arts students, and learning how to approach the college search to fit your individual needs.


4:00 PM
- 5:00 PM

In our modern world, abound with an ever-changing landscape of technological advances and cultural transformations, the liberal arts experience prepares graduates to think critically and creatively, navigate complex issues, and communicate effectively. Now more than ever, such broad learning skills are essential to our communities. Join experienced higher education leaders for this important discussion.


5:00 PM
- 6:00 PM

You made a smart decision to attend a community college! You are saving money while completing general education courses and defining your career goals. But what now? How do you search for 4-year universities? Will your credits transfer? When should you apply? Are scholarships available? Get advice and tips from Admissions professionals who have helped thousands of transfer students just like you!


6:00 PM
- 7:00 PM

During this Global Crisis, so much is being called into question about how we live our lives and where we place our values. Industries are being turned upside down and technology is being deployed to bring us closer. However, one thing is clear, preparing for an unknown future requires the ability to think critically and communicate effectively, while living and learning in community - something we are coming to appreciate even more during these days of shelter in place.


7:00 PM
- 8:00 PM

This session is designed to provide students with tools and resources to assist them in choosing both a college and an academic major. The presenters will share resources and information on important factors involved in making decisions in both of these areas. By the end of the session, students will walk away with tangible next steps to move them closer to selecting a college and a major that is the right fit for their interests, goals and values.


Wednesday, May 6, 2020

12:00 PM
- 1:00 PM

This session will provide an overview of how to apply for services in college to recieve accommodations. Information regarding documentation requirements, self advocacy skills and additional services available to students for success will be reviewed. The basic difference between accommodations and expectation in high school and college will be covered.


1:00 PM
- 2:00 PM

High School students who take Advanced Placement (AP) Courses or enroll in Dual Credit courses can earn college credits prior to starting college. Tuition, books and materials are all covered - there is often no cost to students. The only thing needed from students is dedication, hard work and perseverance. Student who have earned college credit prior to attending college tend to have more opportunity for course selection and to graduate from college on time.


2:00 PM
- 3:00 PM

Each year, almost 3 million students choose to enroll at public flagship universities in the United States. These universities offer world class academics and well-resourced campus experiences. The application process for these universities can differ from state-to-state. Come learn about the unique aspects of applying to different flagship universities, including the methods of application, dates & deadlines, the components of the application, and how we review each application.


3:00 PM
- 4:00 PM

The published price of a college or university tells only part of the full story of how much it might cost to attend. This session will describe the landscape of financial aid available and tools that can be used to obtain a preview of what your actual cost to attend could be. Sometimes the most expensive colleges offer the best financial aid.


4:00 PM
- 5:00 PM

The complexities of selective college admission can make the prospect of even considering a competitive college intimidating. How many colleges are 'highly selective'? How much more complicated is the application for such institutions, and how is the review process different? What role can early application programs (e.g. Early Decision) and other factors like special talents and legacy play? How can students gauge their competitiveness for entrance at these institutions? Join this panel of college counselors and admissions officers for a discussion of these questions and more.


5:00 PM
- 6:00 PM

This information session will explore admission to programs specializing in front line health care - nursing and x-ray - in detail, and take a broader look at admission to a wide variety of healthcare career education programs. Details include preparation while in high school, picking the right program for you, and creating an academic plan that will help you achieve your goals.


6:00 PM
- 7:00 PM

Students are more successful in college when they know what to expect and take time to prepare for the changes college will bring. In this session, three high school counselors will share their wisdom about: *How to Prepare for Your College Transition. - Topics include: College Orientations, Roommates, Transcripts, Meal Plans, Keep Reading, Items You Need vs. Want, Identifying Campus Resources. *Once You’ve Moved In. - Topics include: The College Schedule, Credit Hours, Staying Healthy, Finding Balance. *Why This Year May Be Different. - Topics include: Orientations, Roommates, Gathering Items You Need, Fall Classes.


7:00 PM
- 8:00 PM

Interested in international options and global connections? This session looks at programs to make the most out of a global university experience while attending university in North America. Study Abroad, service learning, and the universities with international programs. Plus universities that are close to home – but feel like a world away.


Explore Your Options

This college fair will allow students and families to:

  • Uncover new college options through a robust search tool
  • Experience virtual campus tours 
  • Watch videos and download materials helpful for in decision process
  • Schedule meetings and interviews with admissions representatives 

No matter where you are in the college search process, you can learn more about your options here!

 

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