1. Lincoln High School - College Resources
  1. College, Scholarships and Financial Aid Resources
  2. College Admissions and Transcript Request Process
  3. JUNIOR YEAR: College Planning Guide
  4. College Fairs
  5. College Athletics
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The College Admissions Process -- Simplified!

  1. During your senior year, finalize the college search and begin to narrow down your college list.  At this point, try to ignore the Cost of Attendance (COA) and be open to the possibilities of financial aid.  You may be surprised at a financial aid package a private school may offer you.  Retake the ACT or SAT to improve your scores.
  2. Finalize the application packets by NOVEMBER 6, 2015 or SOONER.  If you are applying for Early Decision, you must meet the college deadline established.  All admissions paper work should be submitted to the Guidance Office and you must complete a transcript request form. Click here for a PDF of the transcript form. The fee for transcripts is $2.00 each.  REMINDER - IF YOU APPLY ON-LINE, YOU WILL STILL NEED THE TRANSCRIPT SENT AND ANY OTHER NEEDED FORMS THE SCHOOL REQUIRES.  Don't forget to enclose your application fee.  Should Letters of Recommendation be needed, give at least two weeks notice to the teacher or counselor by whom you need this completed.
  3. Please fill out the GLHS Secondary School Report (SSR) and submit it with the transcript request form.  Virtually all colleges require completion of a similar form and our GLHS SSR can be used for ALL college applications.  Since we can copy the original as needed, the student need only submit this form once.
  4. Begin the Financial Aid Process after January 1st.  Complete the FAFSA Form and any school-specific forms.  Seniors should be applying for scholarships and meeting the required deadlines.  Look for scholarships that you feel you can meet their set criteria.
  5. During the Spring of 2016, you will hear from the colleges concerning their proposed financial aid.  Evaluate the package and possibly negotiate for more.
  6. Students need to finalize the college decision and commit by MAY 1, 2016.
  7. The Guidance Office will request this information from the seniors through our "Senior Survey" during the spring meeting and submit final transcripts to the college.
  8. School Counselors meet with every senior individually during the month of September.  Seniors receive a copy of the Senior College Application Guide that outlines this process.  Click here for a PDF of this guide.

Another resource available to seniors is the monthly calendar that our guidance secretary puts together.  This calendar lists when various college admissions representatives are scheduled to visit GLHS and other dates pertinent to the senior class.  Also included with the calendar is any scholarship information that we've received.  Calendars are available in the guidance office and will be posted on this web page. Click for current  CALENDAR & SCHOLARSHIPS when they become available

How Colleges See You

  1. Your grades in college prep courses (the depth of your transcript)
  2. Your admission test scores
  3. Your grades in all subjects
  4. Your class rank
  5. Your essay/writing sample
  6. Your counselor recommendation
  7. Your teacher recommendations
  8. Your interview (if required)
  9. Your work/extracurricular activities and leadership positions
  10. Your personal recognition programs

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National College Fair
Duke Energy Center
525 Elm Street
Cincinnati, OH 45205
September 13, 2015
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Suburban College Fair
Otterbein College - Clements Center
September 20, 2015
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Columbus Kiwanis College Fair

Aladdin Shrine Temple
September 21, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Performing & Visual Arts College Fair
Xaiver University - Cintas Center
September 21, 2015
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Learning Disability College Fair
Gahanna Lincoln High School (Cafeteria)
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

National College Fair
Greater Columbus Convention Center
April 16, 2016
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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College Athletics

Discuss your intentions to play college athletics with your counselor during your freshman and sophomore year to ensure that you are eligible for recruitment.

Junior Year:

  • Register for the ACT and/or SAT and select the NCAA Eligibility Center code (9999) as a score recipient.
  • During the spring, register with the NCAA Eligibility Center
    1. Click on:  Prospective Student-Athletes.
    2. In the left column, click on:  Registration for U.S. Students (LHS code is 362-235).
    3. You will need a Social Security # and credit card for the application fee.
    4. Print copy 1 and copy 2 of the transcript request form and give them to your high school counselor.  The Guidance Office will send a copy of your official high school transcript to the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Senior Year:

  • Request final high school transcript for the NCAA Eligibility Center.

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