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  • 1. College Admissions
    Ellen Richards
    educational services
  • 2. WHY SHOULD STUDENTS & PARENTS START THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE NOW?
    • Avoid the anxiety associated with the college admissions process.
    • 3. Gain confidence and remain calm as they move through the process.
    • 4. Make informed choices during freshman through senior years.
  • Thinking About College?
    • Start a college file
    • 5. Research & visit colleges
    Prepare for standardized tests
    • Become a well-rounded student
    • 6. Plan summer activities(classes, volunteer, internship, summer job, travel, etc.)
    • 7. Discuss college financial optionswith your family
  • A Good College “Fit” Will…
    • Have a program of studyto match your interests and needs
    • 8. Provide a style of instructionto match the way you like to learn
    • 9. Supplya level of academic rigorto match your aptitude and preparation
    • 10. Offer a community that feels like home
    • 11. Value youfor what you do well
  • How do college admissions committees make their decision???
    Admissions officers want to know:
    “How have you taken advantage of your opportunities,
    and what will you bring to our campus?”
    Comprehensive Evaluation
    • Rigor of Classes over 4 Years
    • 12. GPA / Transcript
    • 13. Personal Statement/Essay
    • 14. SAT or ACT Scores
    • 15. Extra-Curricular Activities/Community Service
    • 16. Teacher & Counselor Letters of Recommendation
  • Math Course Choices
    Trig/
    PreCalculus
    Advanced
    Algebra
    Geometry
    Algebra I
    Intro. To
    Statistics
    Problem
    Solving
    AP
    Calculus AB
    Honors
    Geometry
    Honors Trig/
    Pre-Calculus
    Honors
    Advanced
    Algebra
    AP
    Calculus BC
  • 17. Science Course Choices
    Biology
    Physiology
    Integrated
    Physical Science
    Chemistry
    Physics
    For selective colleges and majors in the sciences, pre-med or engineering,
    Physics is highly recommended and often required.
    Physiology
    Physics
    Chemistry
    Biology
    AP Biology
    AP Physics
    Honors
    Chemistry
    Honors
    Biology
    AP Chemistry
    Honors
    Physics
  • 18. Types of Colleges & Universities
    Community Colleges
    State Universities
    Private Colleges & Universities
  • 19. Characteristics of Community Colleges
    Perks of Attending
    • Priority transfer programs with the state
    • 20. Take lower division general education courses, improve grades, time to mature
    • 21. Less expensive
    • 22. No SAT or ACT
    • 23. Minimal application process in spring
  • Characteristics of State Colleges & Universities
    • Usually no letters of recommendation
    • 24. No interviews
    • 25. Most use separate application & do not accept the common application
    • 26. Applicants from out of state can pay the same amount as they would at a private college
  • Characteristics of Private Schools
    Many private schools have:
    • Smaller class sizes
    • 27. A lower student to faculty ratio
    • 28. Classes taught by professors
    • 29. Higher four-year graduation rates
    • 30. Transfer options as early as sophomore year
    • 31. A specific affiliation or sense of community
  • Application Process
    Admission policies & deadlines
    Early Decision
    Early Action
    Regular Action/Decision
    (more on these options in a minute…)
    Use the individual Institutional application and/or common application (www.commonapp.org)
  • 32. Application Requirements
    Official transcript (9th thru 12th grades)
    SAT and/or ACT scores
    Essay / Personal Statement
    Extracurricular activities
    Letter(s) of Recommendation
    Interviews
    Program-specific requirements: auditions, portfolios
  • 33. Create Your Preliminary College List
    Your list should include at least:
    1 Reach (highly competitive)
    3 Possible (competitive)
    1 Likely (probable admission)
    * Your “safety” school is your most important choice – will you be happy there if it is your only option?
  • 34. PUTTING THE COLLEGE PROCESS IN PERSPECTIVE
    Students should build a solid academic foundation while:
    • Exploring new options outside of the classroom
    • 35. Continuing to pursue the activities they enjoy
    • 36. Challenging themselves academically to do their best work
    • 37. Achieving the personal goals they set for themselves
    • 38. Making friends
    • 39. Taking advantage of opportunities
  • OPTIONS FORCOLLEGEADMISSIONS
  • 40. Early Decision & Early Action
    Early Decision
    binding plan
    student must attend the school if the school accept them
    may apply to only one college for early decision
    Early Action
    not binding
    student can choose to commit to the college immediately, or wait until the spring
    student may also apply early action to other colleges
  • 41. Early Evaluation & Early Notification
    Receive a letter from college stating the likelihood of acceptance in late February
    The official decision letter mailed in early April
  • 42. Rolling Admissions
    Common at large state universities
    Allows students to apply at any time during their admission period; typically, September through July
    Schools evaluate each college application as they are received
    Acceptance letters immediately mailed to students who meet their requirements
  • 43. Plan for Standardized Tests
    • Each person has different strengths, so each student’s strategies will differ.
    • 44. Take “practice” standardized tests.
    • 45. Take SAT Subject tests in your areas of strength.
    Aim to complete all required college testing before the end of your Junior year!
  • 46. STANDARDIZED TESTING
    ACT
    Sophomore
    PLAN
    SAT Subject
    Tests
    PSAT
    SAT / ACT
    Junior
    SAT Tests
    SAT / ACT
    Retakes only
    (by December)
    Senior
  • 47. PSAT/ PLAN
    Purpose
    • Preparation test for the SAT &ACT
    • 48. Familiarize students with the SAT and ACT Tests
    • 49. Give students an analysis of their strengths and weaknesses
  • SAT Test
    Three sections:
    Critical Reading
    Mathematical Reasoning
    Writing
    Duration:
    3 hours and 45 minutes
    Offered:
    seven times a year
  • 50. SAT SUBJECT TESTS
    60 minute multiple choice tests on specific subjects
    Some colleges require that a student submit 2 or 3 subject tests
    SAT Subject Tests include:
    • Literature
    • 51. U.S. History and World History
    • 52. Mathematics I and II
    • 53. Biology-Ecological, Biology-Molecular
    • 54. Chemistry
    • 55. Physics
    • 56. Foreign Languages – Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Modern Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Japanese, and Korean
  • ACT EXAM
    All Colleges accept ACT or SAT
    Consists of four 30 to 50 minute sections in English, mathematics, reading and science reasoning
    Scores are averaged into a composite score that ranges from 11 (low) to 36 (high)
  • 57. Advanced Placement (AP) Exams
    Taken in May
    3-hour long examinations based on full- year college level courses offered in high school.
    Scored from 1 to 5
    Subjects
    Art History
    Biology
    Calculus AB
    Calculus BC
    Chemistry
    Chinese Language and Culture
    Computer Science A
    English Language
    English Literature
    Environmental Science
    European History
    French Language
    German Language
    Comp Government & Politics
    U.S. Government & Politics
    Human Geography
    Japanese Language and Culture
    Latin: Vergil
    Macroeconomics
    Microeconomics
    Music Theory
    Physics B
    Physics C
    Psychology
    Spanish Language
    Spanish Literature
    Statistics
    Studio Art
    U.S. History
    World History
  • 58. Testing TOEFLTest of English Foreign Language
    Used for international students
    whose native language
    is not English and who are applying for admission to colleges and graduate schools
    in the United States.
  • 59. Sending Your Scores
    Score Choice
    Follow admissions policies of colleges
    Colleges cannot “opt out of” or “reject” score choice
    The College Board does not release SAT test scores without student consent
  • 60. InterviewsSummer Before Senior Year
    Purpose:
    • Reinforce interest in a particular institution
    • 61. Opportunity for the admission staff to clarify the match between school’s offerings and student’s interest/abilities
    Types of Interviews:
    • On-Campus Interviews
    • 62. Alumni Interviews
  • Writing Your College Essay
  • 63. Personal Statement / Essay
    Capture reader’s initial attention
    Maintainconsistent and logical flow
    Leave reader with lingering thought or lasting impression
    Avoid common traps
    -Plato’s Pitfall
    -Over use of the thesaurus
    -Use of your resume as an essay outline
  • 64. Process: Writing the Essay
    “SHOW Don’t Tell!”
    Be concise
  • 65. Letters of Recommendation
    Ask teachers:
    • in academic areas
    • 66. who know you well
  • Common Myths
    • Senior year grades don’t count.
    • 67. Once I’m accepted to college I can stop studying.
    • 68. I must declare a major.
    • 69. I should know what I want to do for the rest of my life.
    • 70. “C” students don’t go to 4-year colleges.
    • 71. UC Berkeley is the best school for me.
    • 72. CSU’s are not good schools
    • 73. Community Colleges are only for students who didn’t do well in high school.
  • In an increasingly competitive college market, it is no longer enough just to be smart.
    Colleges want to know what students will offer to the community.
    Beyond the Classroom
  • 74. Beyond the Classroom
    Find a balance between extra-curricular pursuits & school work.
  • 75. Beyond the Classroom
    Do what you are passionate about - your enthusiasm and sincerity will shine through.
    Pursue interests that make you happy
    and are enriching and rewarding.
  • 76. Become a Leader
    During your high school years dive into one or more areas of interest.
    Leadership
  • 77. Financial Aid
    Financial aid is available for InternationalStudents
    Research if your specific situation qualifies
  • 78. Questions / Discussion

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