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FAQ: College Counseling

GENERAL
Q: How can I see my counselor?
A: Stop by the counseling center anytime or message your counselor to make an appointment. Counselors can also be reached by email or schoology.
 
Q: How do I attend a college rep visit at La Salle?
A: Seniors and juniors (freshman/sophomores with counselor permission) can attend college admissions rep visits. To attend, bring a blue college visit pass to the visit (available in the Counseling Center; must be signed by your teacher if you are missing class time) and RSVP in Naviance (login, scroll down to "What's New" and find visit, click "More Info" and "Register").
 
Q: What is the CEEB code for La Salle?
A: 380678

Q: What is the graduation class size for 2019?
A: 168

Q: Where can I find La Salle’s school profile?
A: The 2018/19 La Salle Profile can be found in the documents on the right.

Q: How do I send my transcripts to colleges?
A: Current seniors can request transcripts to be sent to colleges through their Naviance account. Students can log onto their account, select 'colleges' and then 'colleges I'm applying to' and then click 'request transcripts'. To have transcripts sent for scholarships, please email Ms. Magee and included the name of the scholarship and the email or mailing address of the organization requesting the transcript. Please allow two weeks for transcript request to be processed and sent. (After graduation and for alums, please use the form here.)

Q: What grading scale does La Salle use? 
A: 4.0 scale

Q: What is my rank in my graduating class?
A: La Salle does not rank students. Students can put "N/A" (not applicable). For military academy applications, see the Registrar for ranking information.

SAT/ACT
Q: How do I sign up for the SAT/ACT exams? 
A: Visit SAT and ACT to see test dates, register for the exam. 
 
Q: How do I send my SAT or ACT scores to colleges?
A: Visit SAT and ACT to request your test scores to be sent directly to colleges or scholarships. Most colleges will only accept scores from the testing agencies. If this presents a financial hardship, check with your counselor about options for sending scores.

Q: When should I take the SAT/ACT?
A: Counselors typically recommend that most students take both the ACT and the SAT once during their junior year and then one of those exams, typically then one with the highest score, again as a senior if needed.

Q: How do I find out if I qualify for fee waivers for the SAT/ACT exams and college applications?
A: Contact your counselor about test fee waivers. Learn more about SAT Fee Waivers, ACT Fee Waivers, and Common App Fee Waivers

Q: Where can I find out about SAT or ACT preparation classes?
A: See a list of test prep resources here

COLLEGE APPLICATIONS
Q: When should I start applying to colleges?
A: Students can begin completing college applications during the summer before senior year. Students can use their Naviance account and view tutorials here.
 
Q: What is the difference between Early Action (EA) and Early Decision (ED)?
A: Early decision (ED) plans are binding — a student who is accepted as an ED applicant must attend the college. Students must sign a form with their counselor noting that they understand this plan. Early action plans are nonbinding — students receive an early response to their application but do not have to commit to the college. More details can be found here.

Q: How do a write a good college essay?
A: Talk to your counselor and English teacher about your essays. There are many sites that will give you great ideas on how to write essays. 

Q: I'm thinking about attending a Community College when I graduate. Where can I get information?
A: La Salle hosts college visits and instant admission days from many of the Oregon community colleges. Learn more about Clackamas Community College, Mt. Hood Community College, Portland Community College, and Central Oregon Community College. Talk with your counselor about other community college options.
 
Q: Can I earn college credits for high school courses taken at La Salle?
A: Learn more about the courses at La Salle that can be taken for credit here. Speak with your counselor about other options that may be available.

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
Q: How do I request a letter of recommendation from my counselor?
A: To request a letter from your counselor (required for most Common App schools) first ask them in person, then complete a Request for Counselor Letter of Recommendation form and have a parent complete a Senior Parent Questionaire  
Both of these forms, along with a resume or list of activities, can be emailed or given to your counselor. Please allow two weeks for a letter to be completed. 
 
Q: How do I request a letter of recommendation from my teacher?
A:
1. Check to see how many letters each college requires (some require none; some require two or more).
2. Ask each teacher, in person, to write your letter; give them a Teacher Letter of Recommendation form.
3. Request the letter in your Naviance Account—this allows the letter to be sent to each college electronically (Students can log onto their account, select colleges> colleges home > Letters of Recommendation).
To have a letter sent for scholarships, please email Ms. Magee and included the name of the scholarship and the email or mailing address of the organization requesting the letter. Please allow two weeks for letter request to be processed and sent.  
 
COLLEGE INTERVIEWS
Q: How can I best prepare for a college interview?
A: Speak with your counselor about mock interview sessions offered at La Salle as well as other resources they can share.

NCAA/NAIA
Q: How do I register with the NCAA or NAIA Eligibility Centers if I want to play sports in college?
A: For Division I or II schools, preferably by the end of junior year, students should register with the NCAA or NAIA

Q: How do I send my transcript to NCAA or NAIA?
A: Please email Ms. Magee in the Counseling Center to request a transcript be sent to the NCAA or NAIA.

FINANCIAL AID & SCHOLARSHIPS (FASFA)
Q: What do I need to do to get financial aid?
A: The first step is completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or the ORSAA. (The ORSAA is an alternative to the FAFSA for undocumented Oregon students.) Students should then check directly with the specific colleges where they choose to apply. Other scholarship information can be found here.

Q: How can I get help filling out the FAFSA or ORSAA application?
A: La Salle hosts a FAFSA Workshop in the early fall to assist students and families. Students can also access the FAFSA Lab at Clackamas Community College. Your counselor can also help with FAFSA and ORSAA related questions. 

Q: Where can I learn about getting more money and scholarships for college?
A: Check with your counselor for more ways to find aid and see a list of scholarship opportunities here.