This blog is designed to address issues and and answer questions that are frequently asked. You are encouraged to make suggestions and pose questions you'd like answered.
A Reminder About Helpful Links
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Monday, May 15, 2017
Registration for ECE Courses Closes on June 1
On-line registration continues until June 1st for courses offered by UConn's Early College Experience Program and taken at EOSHS. Information about the registration process was made available on the May 1 blog post. Contact your counselor for more information.
For the 2017-2018 schoolyear, students will be responsible for applying and registering for their approved courses online; either at home or at school.
Below is a checklist that students MUST follow as they complete the registration process;
Select Your Courses
Meet with your counselor to choose your ECE courses for 2017-18
Obtain all required consent to enroll in courses, including counselor and parent/guardian signatures.
Review your completed and signed Consent Form, including double-checking the course information with your counselor.
Make a copy of the form for your records. Apply to the UConn Early College Experience Program Online
Deadline to apply is June 1, 2017
Go to this link and review the online tutorial. Once ready, hit "Apply Now".
Create your user ID and password and save in a secure location.
Complete the online application.
Upload your signed consent form with your application. If you are unable to upload the form (you may scan it or take a picture of it before uploading it), contact the helpline at 1.855.382.8323. Help is available from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday-Friday.
Monitor your email daily for a message from UConn confirming your application has been processed and you are ready to enroll. You will be unable to enroll in your course(s) until your application is processed. Please allow at least two weeks for your application to be processed during peak periods. Apply early for quicker processing.
For Students Interested in Courses on UConn Campus
With construction of the 2017-18 master schedule near completion, it's time for EOS students interested in taking courses on the UConn campus for the fall semester to contact Doug Melody.
For now, the most expeditious way to express interest is via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). The class schedule is available on the UConn website and by clicking here. Be sure to select Fall 2017 from the drop down menu and to select "Storrs" for the campus. There is drop down menu for departments as well. Courses are listed there along with meeting times. Enrollment numbers are also available. See below for eligibility criteria.
Eligible students (11th and 12th grade students with academic credentials - strong transcript and combined SAT scores of 1200+ in Critical Reading and Math) may request enrollment in no more than two classes per semester. Decisions on enrollment are made by the Early College Experience Office. EOS students enroll as part-timers. Typically, about 30 students enroll in courses there each semester.
Final grades earned in courses there appear on both EOS transcripts and UConn transcripts. It should be noted that the grades earned in courses taken on campus are NOT factored into the EOS cumulative GPA.
Note that students successfully completing AD Calculus this year are automatically eligible for enrollment in UC MATH 2110 in the fall semester. A section has already been designated for EOS students and the class will meet on Mondays and Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 pm.
PSAT 10 Information for Sophomores
PSAT 10 Score Reports are now available for sophomores who completed the assessment in April this year. To access their scores, students will need the access codes they were provided on the day of the test. These access codes are also available in the Guidance Office if students are unable to locate their codes.
Students need to click here to create a College Board account and get their full PSAT score report. Students may also create a Khan Academy account by clicking here and link it to their College Board account to receive a free, personalized practice for the SAT. Finally, the College Board provides a tool to learn more about careers and majors. This tool is called MyRoad and is available by clicking here.
For those who wish to learn more about this new PSAT (that is aligned with the new SAT that was recently introduced in March 2016), click on the following resources for more information;
Need Help with Financial Aid for Higher Education?
Students and parents/guardians seeking assistance with completing financial aid forms and/or fee waivers may want to contact Michelle Jones, an educational counselor who works for CONTAC (a private, non-profit educational opportunity center funded by the US. Department of Education). Her office is located on the Willimantic campus of QVCC. All contact information is listed below.
CONNTAC, Inc.- Educational Opportunity Center
Quinebaug Valley Community College
742 Upper Maple Street RM #C151
Danielson, CT 06239
729 Main Street
Willimantic, CT 06226
New Student Loan Interest Rates Posted
The interest rate on new federal student loans will increase from 3.76 percent on undergraduate Direct loans issued for the 2016-17 award year to 4.45 percent for the 2017-18 award year, according to the results of Treasury Department's 10-year note auction held on Wednesday. The interest rates for new graduate Direct loans will increase from 5.31 percent for 2016-17 to 6 percent for 2017-18, and the interest rates for new parent and graduate PLUS loans will increase from 6.31 percent to 7 percent.
Where Will Your Degree Take You?
You don't need to be reminded of the high cost of higher education in this day and age. So much attention has been given to the relative value of a college degree and the specific majors that provide a return on one's investment. With this thought in mind - that not all college majors are equal - an interactive tool has been constructed that examines 171 college majors.
This interactive tool was developed by the Hamilton Project and draws data from the American Community Service. Click here to learn more about this and to access the interactive tool.
Colleges With Openings Still Available
The National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC) has published its annual list of colleges with openings still available at this late date. In other words, these schools have not yet reached their enrollment figures established as benchmarks earlier in the school year. NACAC makes this list available as a courtesy to its membership. It may be noteworthy to consider the long-term health of at least some of these institutions as they face continuing declines in enrollment over the next decade due to a shrinking pool of high school graduates across the country.
The Health/Physical Education Department at EOSHS is offering students an opportunity to earn .25 credit (equivalent to one semester of PE) this summer. This option is available o students who are looking to open space in their schedules during the school year that allows them to take more dual enrollment (ECE) courses. There is no cost for enrollment in this course.
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UConn Announces Explore Engineering Program
The University of CT has announced that it will once again offer "Explore Engineering", a five-day program offered in June on the UConn campus allows high school students several opportunities to explore the various fields available in engineering. There are two sessions scheduled...6/18-6/22 and 6/25-6/29. The application deadline is June 1.