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WELCOME TO THE GUIDANCE PAGE
HUTCH TECH GUIDANCE OFFICE PROCEDURES:
office is open from 7:25 am to 3:05 pm every school day. Appointments can be
made before or after school. The counselors provide educational guidance, course
information, career awareness, and counseling in regards to personal or
socioemotional concerns. Responding to the individual needs of students,
counselors encourage self-awareness, healthy decision-making and respect for
others. Assistance and support are provided to parents regarding the academic
and social development of their child.
HUTCH TECH ADMISSIONS PROCESS:
Students who are interested in attending Hutch Tech must complete the COMPREHENSIVE HIGH SCHOOLS OF CHOICE APPLICATION. This application is available in the student's School Counseling Office or through the Student Placement Office of Buffalo. The application is completed by the student, their school counselor, and their school principal. It must be submitted by the due date printed on the application.
All applicants are required to take an entrance aptitude test which is administered at Hutch Tech HS in November of every year. Students are typically notified in February of their status through their school counselors or by mail, depending on the applicant's school.
COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS:
1. Set up an account on The Common App or obtain an application from the specific school's website if they are not on The Common App.
o Applying through schools available on The Common App is REQUIRED. If a college does not accept The Common App, students can find applications on individual school websites. IT IS THE STUDENT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO OBTAIN AND COMPLETE APPLICATIONS. Please see your school counselor if you are having trouble filling out your application.
o On The Common App, students can fill one form out online and send it to their choices of over 500 member colleges in 47 states, the District of Columbia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Qatar, Singapore, Switzerland, and the UK.
o The Common App website is: http://www.commonapp.org/
2. Fill out the application.
o It is the student's responsibility to completely fill out any application for college. School counselors are available to assist students in this process and answer any questions they may have but they cannot complete applications for students.
o ALL APPLICATIONS FOR COLLEGE AND/OR SCHOLARSHIPS NEED TO BE TURNED IN TO YOUR SCHOOL COUNSELOR NO LATER THAN 7 DAYS BEFORE THE DEADLINE! Applications must be complete and include a STAMPED envelope if it needs to be sent through the mail.
o AT NO TIME CAN A STUDENT HAVE A COPY OF THEIR OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT.
o Due to the volume of applications, any application due January 1, 2021 must be turned into your school counselor by December 8, 2019 for processing.
o You must request IN PERSON to your school counselor for your transcripts to be forwarded to your colleges of choice. Colleges will not process yout application until they receive an official transcript from our school.
3. KEEP DEADLINES IN MIND
o IT IS THE STUDENT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO KNOW THE SPECIFIC DEADLINES FOR EACH COLLEGE HE/SHE APPLIES TO.
o Early admissions deadlines can be as early as October. Make sure you turn in your completed applications at least 7 days prior to the deadline.
o REGULAR ADMISSIONS APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED BY DECEMBER OF YOUR SENIOR YEAR.
TYPES OF COLLEGE APPLICATIONS
1. Early Action (Non-Binding): Programs do not ask applicants to commit to attending. They are generally known as Early Action (EA) programs. They give students the benefits of early notification without the obligations of early decision. Even if accepted, students are free to apply to other schools and compare financial aid offers.
2. Early Decision (Binding): This is not an obligation to be taken lightly since schools honor one another's binding decisions. If you renege on an early decision obligation to one school, it is unlikely that another competitive school will accept you. Students may seek release from an early decision obligation on the grounds of financial hardship if the financial aid package they are offered is genuinely inadequate; however the burden of proof in these cases falls on the student.
o Early decision applicants are expected to submit only one early decision application to one school. They can submit applications to other schools under normal application procedures, but agree that they will withdraw all of those applications if they are accepted to the early decision school.
3. Immediate Decision Days: This is an opportunity for quilified applicants to participate in a quick, easy, and personal application process. The admissions staff meets with students and they are allowed to interview faculty, tour the campus, and interact with current students at a college. Additionally, you will receive your admissions decision and preliminary financial aid information with possible scholarships that same day.
4. Regular Admission: Colleges using this plan generally have a January, February, or March application deadline and notify all applicants at the same time (no later than April 15).
5. Rolling Admission: Schools that use rolling admissions accept applications until they have filled all the spots in their freshman class. Decisions are then made on a case-by-case basis and the student will hear back typically within 4 to 8 weeks. However, there are some schools that accept applications under a rolling-admission policiy and then send their decisions all out at one time.
o There may be less competition but consider this: If you apply in December, the school won't wait until March to compare you with all the other applicants and you could actually improve your chances of being accepted. However the reverse also holds true. The later you apply, the more competition you may have and fewer spots that are available.
o Applying to a school with rolling admissions late in the game may also impact your financial aid offer. A school's admission policies and financial aid policies are not the same policy and often come from offices no where near each other on campus. If you are accepted after the financial aid allowance for the school has been met you could be out of luck and limited to taking out loans.
6. Single Choice Early Action: (SCEA) programs specifically allow students not to make Early Action applications to other schools, although they are free to apply elsewhere under the regular admissions applications.
FINANCIAL AID & SCHOLARSHIPS
The main form that every student needs to complete is the FAFSA. It can only be submitted starting October 1st of your senior year in high school. The FAFSA is used to apply for all of the various types of financial aid that is available. At the end of the FAFSA you may click on the link to complete the NYS TAP (New York State Tuition Assistance Program) application.
· Students can apply online at: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov . You must apply for a FSA ID (Federal Student Aid ID) which consists of creating a user name and password. This is used as your electronic signature on the form.
· TAP is aid granted by New York State. To be eligible you must attend a college in New York State. When you fill out the FAFSA form a pre-printed TAP form will automatically be sent to you. If you apply for FAFSA online click on the link to NYS TAP on the last page to be taken directly to their webpage.
· Say Yes To Education - You must be accepted to a college or university that offers SAY YES in order to be eligible for this aid. You also must still apply for FAFSA and TAP in order to qualify for Say Yes funds. A separate application for Say Yes must be completed. The Buffalo Say Yes Office contact information is as follows: Say Yes, 712 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202. Their office phone number is 716-247-5310 and their fax number is 716-768-1449. For more information please see their website - www.sayyesbuffalo.org.
· The Excelsior Scholarship - The Excelsior Scholarship, in combination with the other student financial aid programs (FAFS, TAP, & SAY YES), allows students to attend a SUNY or CUNY college tuition-free. For more information please go to http://www.hesc.ny.gov .
· Hutch Tech receives information on scholarships on a rolling basis throughout the school year. The scholarship book is located in the Guidance Office and is available for student use within the office. It is not permitted for students to take the book home but they can make as many copies of the information provided as they like while in the office.
o Scholarships are competitive and usually require an application, essay, and letters of recommendation. There are literally millions of different scholarships available. Students should research and apply for as many as possible.
o Many students inquire if they can reuse a scholarship essay for more than one scholarship. The answer is yes, absolutely. While it would be unethical to submit the same paper to two different classes in school, there is no rule against submitting the same essay to more than one scholarship. If the scholarship requires an essay about a certain topic however, then the student must write an essay on that topic.
HUTCH TECH MAJORS
We are proud to offer majors focused in Biochemical Science, Engineering, Computer Technology, and Electrical Technology. A student chooses their major after beginning their freshman year at Hutch Tech. This decision should be taken seriously as students are not permitted to switch majors or drop their major classes at any time. All programs offer transferrable skills that will benefit the student in the future regardless of what they choose to persue after graduation.
HOW OUR MAJORS PREPARE OUR STUDENTS FOR COLLEGE
The best way to academically prepare for college is to take a college preparatory curriculum. This includes 4 years of English, 4 years of Science, 4 years of Social Studies, 4 years of Mathematics, and at least 3 years of a Foreign Language. Due to the rigorous requirements for the same college majors that Hutch tech offers (ex: Biochemical, Engineering, Computer, and Electrical Technology), we also require the following to improve your chances of being accepted into the college major of your choice.
· As Hutch Tech is a technical high school, we do require that students take 4 math classes (Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II/Trigonometry, and Pre-calculus, Calculus, or AP Calculus.
· Our science sequence is Living Environment, Chemistry, and Physics.
o Students in all majors may take AP Physics their senior year depending on their performance in Regents Physics and if there is available space in their schedule.
o Students who major in Biochemical Technology also take Organic Chemistry, Advanced Chemistry and Advanced Biology or AP Biology for their major requirements.
For students interested in pursuing a degree in engineering (mechanical, architectural, electrical, chemical, biological, civil, etc.) and computer science fields:
· Colleges generally look for 4 years of math (including pre-calculus, calculus, or AP Calculus) and at least 3 years of science including labs (including biology, chemistry, and physics). Be advised that some schools require 4 years of science.
· Additionally for students who are interested in architecture, some colleges/universities require the submission of a design portfolio in order to be considered for acceptance.
· Be advised that schools also look for certain GPA and standardized testing (ACT and/or SAT) scores for these majors.
For students interested in pursuing degrees in the applied sciences (biochemistry, biology, chemistry, clinical laboratory science, etc.) or other majors that lead to professions in the medical field:
· Colleges look for 4 years of math and a minimum of 3 years of science including labs.
· Some programs at some schools do have additional requirements. For example, the nursing program at D’Youville College requires applicants to have at least an 80 or better in classes and/or Regents exams for English 3, Living Environment, and Chemistry.
· Be advised that schools also look for certain GPA and standardized testing (ACT and/or SAT) scores for these majors.