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    • College Admissions
      Ellen Richards
      educational services
    • WHY SHOULD STUDENTS & PARENTS START THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE NOW?
      • Avoid the anxiety associated with the college admissions process.
      • Gain confidence and remain calm as they move through the process.
      • Make informed choices during freshman through senior years.
    • Thinking About College?
      • Start a college file
      • Research & visit colleges
      Prepare for standardized tests
      • Become a well-rounded student
      • Plan summer activities(classes, volunteer, internship, summer job, travel, etc.)
      • Discuss college financial optionswith your family
    • A Good College “Fit” Will…
      • Have a program of studyto match your interests and needs
      • Provide a style of instructionto match the way you like to learn
      • Supplya level of academic rigorto match your aptitude and preparation
      • Offer a community that feels like home
      • 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
      • GPA / Transcript
      • Personal Statement/Essay
      • SAT or ACT Scores
      • Extra-Curricular Activities/Community Service
      • 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
    • 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
    • Types of Colleges & Universities
      Community Colleges
      State Universities
      Private Colleges & Universities
    • Characteristics of Community Colleges
      Perks of Attending
      • Priority transfer programs with the state
      • Take lower division general education courses, improve grades, time to mature
      • Less expensive
      • No SAT or ACT
      • Minimal application process in spring
    • Characteristics of State Colleges & Universities
      • Usually no letters of recommendation
      • No interviews
      • Most use separate application & do not accept the common application
      • 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
      • A lower student to faculty ratio
      • Classes taught by professors
      • Higher four-year graduation rates
      • Transfer options as early as sophomore year
      • 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)
    • 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
    • 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?
    • PUTTING THE COLLEGE PROCESS IN PERSPECTIVE
      Students should build a solid academic foundation while:
      • Exploring new options outside of the classroom
      • Continuing to pursue the activities they enjoy
      • Challenging themselves academically to do their best work
      • Achieving the personal goals they set for themselves
      • Making friends
      • Taking advantage of opportunities
    • OPTIONS FORCOLLEGEADMISSIONS
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Plan for Standardized Tests
      • Each person has different strengths, so each student’s strategies will differ.
      • Take “practice” standardized tests.
      • Take SAT Subject tests in your areas of strength.
      Aim to complete all required college testing before the end of your Junior year!
    • STANDARDIZED TESTING
      ACT
      Sophomore
      PLAN
      SAT Subject
      Tests
      PSAT
      SAT / ACT
      Junior
      SAT Tests
      SAT / ACT
      Retakes only
      (by December)
      Senior
    • PSAT/ PLAN
      Purpose
      • Preparation test for the SAT &ACT
      • Familiarize students with the SAT and ACT Tests
      • 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
    • 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
      • U.S. History and World History
      • Mathematics I and II
      • Biology-Ecological, Biology-Molecular
      • Chemistry
      • Physics
      • 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)
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • InterviewsSummer Before Senior Year
      Purpose:
      • Reinforce interest in a particular institution
      • Opportunity for the admission staff to clarify the match between school’s offerings and student’s interest/abilities
      Types of Interviews:
      • On-Campus Interviews
      • Alumni Interviews
    • Writing Your College Essay
    • 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
    • Process: Writing the Essay
      “SHOW Don’t Tell!”
      Be concise
    • Letters of Recommendation
      Ask teachers:
      • in academic areas
      • who know you well
    • Common Myths
      • Senior year grades don’t count.
      • Once I’m accepted to college I can stop studying.
      • I must declare a major.
      • I should know what I want to do for the rest of my life.
      • “C” students don’t go to 4-year colleges.
      • UC Berkeley is the best school for me.
      • CSU’s are not good schools
      • 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
    • Beyond the Classroom
      Find a balance between extra-curricular pursuits & school work.
    • 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.
    • Become a Leader
      During your high school years dive into one or more areas of interest.
      Leadership
    • Financial Aid
      Financial aid is available for InternationalStudents
      Research if your specific situation qualifies
    • Questions / Discussion