Monday, November 16, 2015

Helping your child with the college search

On this past Wednesday the Guidance Department hosted Mr. Van Wright, an admissions specialist from Bowling Green State Univeristy.  Mr. Wright spoke with parents of current juniors about the importance of the college visit in the college selections process.  The following is a summary of tips provided by Mr. Wright

1. Make sure that your child is making the right decision for him or her. Even though a friend or sibling went to a certain college, that may not be the right fit for your son or daughter. Help them look at the college from their own perspective, not through the eyes of someone else.

2. Pay attention to Deadlines! As a rule students should apply BEFORE Thanksgiving in order to receive maximum consideration for financial aid. Be sure that your student is aware of additional deadlines that may be set for special programs....for example: Pharmacy at ONU has an application deadline of Nov. 1. Wright suggested that parents help students by periodically asking them where they are with their applications and gently reminding them of the deadlines.

3. The best way to receive financial aid is through strong academics and test scores. Most colleges will award some type of financial aid based on a combination of GPA and ACT test scores. Check the websites of your prospective colleges to see what type of aid may be available for this. Help your student by reminding them to keep on top of their grades. Be sure that your student takes the ACT in the Spring of the junior year. To insure a better score, be sure your student prepares for this test by accessing the free test preparation materials at

4. Use the following factors to narrow down your choices as you search for the right college:
Look at the size and scope of colleges and decide which is right for you   Is it a large or small campus? How many students? Is is residential or commuter?
How far is it from home? What is the surrounding area like? Is it in a small town or big  city? Is the area around the campus safe?
Does it have what you are looking for? Is your major offered? Does it have the sport  you may want to play? Does it have special programs you may be interested in....Study  Abroad, Co-ops, service learning, services for student with disabilities, etc.
What is the cost? Don't rule out a more expensive college due to "sticker shock". At any  college you explore be sure to investigate all sources of financial aid: merit based, need  based, work study, loans, grants and other possible sources.
5. Take a QUALITY campus visit:
Don't accept the generic campus tour...CALL ahead to schedule a personalized visit. A  thorough visit should include the following
  • Talk with someone (faculty and/or students) in the area your plan to major in. Ask about the requirements to get into the program. Find out what classes you will need. If possible, talk with students in this program and attend a class.
  • Meet with someone in the financial aid office. Ask about deadlines! What type of aid is available. What can you do to maximize your opportunities for financial aid?
  • Gather resources such as: a student handbook, housing information, information about recreational activities such as clubs and sports, a schedule for tutoring services or other academic support, information about special programs such as study abroad, honors courses or co-ops.
  • Ask about post-college placement services. Many colleges have a department that assists students in finding a job after graduation. Check out what resources are available and how they may be accessed.
  • Eat on campus! Find out what the food service is really like! You will be eating there for four years!
  • Talk with students on campus. Most will be more than willing to tell you about their experience!
  • While you are there, ask yourself "Can I picture myself here?" This is so vital in choosing the right fit for you!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


Wright State Lake Campus will be offering an Open House on Nov. 19th from 4-7 pm.  This is a great opportunity to check out all of the programs offered, and investigate admission procedures and scholarship opportunities.

 The Lake Campus offers 4 years degrees in many programs such as education, nursing, and mechanical engineering.  By attending the Lake Campus, students can earn a bachelor's degree for a much lower cost than other universities.  In addition, a wide assortment of scholarships are available.

For more information or to register go to:

Tuesday, October 20, 2015


The University of St. Francis is hosting Science Saturday on Nov. 7th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  Interactive sessions include:

  • The Wonderful World of Cadavers
  • Light and Human Perception of Color
  • The Amazing Unknown World
  • The Chemistry Behind Magic
Participants will get a chance to meet faculty and science experts, and learn about the many science based programs of study offered by the university.

The University of St. Francis has a large amount of scholarship money for students majoring in a STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) Field.  Scholarships may be renewable for each year of college.

In addition NAIA Sports Scholarships and Marching Band Scholarships are also available.  

For more info, check with your guidance counselor!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015


The Lima Campus of The Ohio State University will host two TAILGATE/OPEN HOUSE days for prospective students.  On either October 9th or October 30th students will have an opportunity to explore different majors, speak with current students, tour the campus, and speak with admissions and financial aid representatives.  The event will last from 8:30-Noon.  Following the event students will have an opportunity to complete an application on site.

To register go to:     Use Access Code:  TAILGATE15

Monday, September 28, 2015


On Wednesday, Nov. 11 the CHS Guidance department will host Mr. Van Wright, an admissions counselor from Bowling Green State University.  Mr. Wright will speak about the process of finding the right college for your student.  The session will take place at 6:30pm in the high school lecture hall.  **Please note that this is a change from the original date of 11/4.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015


The PSAT/NMSQT will be offered at Celina on October 14th.  This test, open to Juniors, is a practice for the SAT, and also serves as the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship competition.  In addition, test results provide students with feedback about areas of academic strengths and weakness, and provide suggestions for improving performance on future standardized tests.  The test includes a career interest inventory which can help students identify potential college majors and career paths.

The cost for the test is $15.00.  Students may sign-up in the guidance office with a check made out to Celina High School.  Students may register from Thursday, Sept. 10- Friday, Sept. 18th.

Friday, September 4, 2015


Any High School student who is ready to begin (or finalize) the search for the "right" college or post-secondary school can take advantage of one of the following college fairs coming to our area:

                       Monday, Sept. 14th   7:00 p.m. at Coldwater High School
                       Wednesday, Sept. 16th  6:30-8:00 p.m. at Fort Loramie High School

Thursday, September 3, 2015


After resolving some technical difficulties, the CHS Guidance Website is again up and running!  Check back for postings about important information to help make this a successful year!