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Happy college students applied to colleges where they knew they would be happy in multiple ways. This powerpoint shares some strategies to develop a great colleges list.

Happy college students applied to colleges where they knew they would be happy in multiple ways. This powerpoint shares some strategies to develop a great colleges list.

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  • 1. Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me a Match: How to Put Together A POWERFUL College Application List Dr. Rebecca JosephDr. Rebecca Joseph rjoseph@calstatela.edurjoseph@calstatela.edu www.getmetocollege.org/hswww.getmetocollege.org/hs FB: Getmetocollege FreeadviceFB: Getmetocollege Freeadvice Twitter: @getmetocollegeTwitter: @getmetocollege
  • 2. There are schools for you…There are schools for you…  There are several thousand collegesThere are several thousand colleges in the country.in the country.  The larger majority of them wantThe larger majority of them want California students and comeCalifornia students and come shopping here each spring and fall.shopping here each spring and fall. They come in all shapes and sizes.They come in all shapes and sizes.  Going out of the area some times isGoing out of the area some times is the best way to get a meritthe best way to get a merit scholarship or find the school withscholarship or find the school with the right mix of academic,the right mix of academic, extracurricular, and social features.extracurricular, and social features.
  • 3. How do I build a college listHow do I build a college list  LocationLocation  SizeSize  Rah-rahRah-rah  AcademicsAcademics  Merit scholarshipsMerit scholarships  ConnectionsConnections  Alumni ConnectionsAlumni Connections  Financial AidFinancial Aid
  • 4. How do I find schools?How do I find schools?  BooksBooks  OnlineOnline  In PersonIn Person
  • 5. College Guides-BooksCollege Guides-Books  2014 Fiske Guide2014 Fiske Guide  Great write-upsGreat write-ups  Overlap CollegesOverlap Colleges  Steve Antonoff has two booksSteve Antonoff has two books  College MatchCollege Match  Great series of questions to help prioritizeGreat series of questions to help prioritize type of schoolstype of schools  College FinderCollege Finder  Has different lists –best school forHas different lists –best school for snowboarders. Best schools for progressivesnowboarders. Best schools for progressive kids. Best undergraduate business programskids. Best undergraduate business programs
  • 6. College Information-OnlineCollege Information-Online  Each college has online materials.Each college has online materials.  Big Future. College BoardBig Future. College Board  Youniversity TV has great videosYouniversity TV has great videos  Cappex has a great website withCappex has a great website with linkslinks
  • 7. In person…In person…  Campus toursCampus tours  College FairsCollege Fairs  Los Angeles Performing And Visual Arts FairLos Angeles Performing And Visual Arts Fair  University of California, Los Angeles, Ackerman UnionUniversity of California, Los Angeles, Ackerman Union  Saturday, October 26: 1:00pm - 3:30pmSaturday, October 26: 1:00pm - 3:30pm  College or Groups of College VisitsCollege or Groups of College Visits to LA. Fall and Springto LA. Fall and Spring  Visits to your schoolsVisits to your schools
  • 8. How to Build A Great ListHow to Build A Great List  Every school on your list must be aEvery school on your list must be a school you are willing to attend.school you are willing to attend.  Every school on your list can beEvery school on your list can be separated into different categories.separated into different categories.  Reaching for the StarsReaching for the Stars  StretchStretch  50-5050-50  LikelyLikely  Have an equal number of colleges inHave an equal number of colleges in each category. If you knock one off,each category. If you knock one off, you need to add another one on.you need to add another one on.
  • 9. Benefits of Different CollegesBenefits of Different Colleges  These schools offer amazing academic,These schools offer amazing academic, extracurricular, and social opportunities.extracurricular, and social opportunities.  They offer internships and access toThey offer internships and access to tremendous support programs.tremendous support programs.  They have world class professors whoThey have world class professors who want to work with our students.want to work with our students.  These schools offer access to fantasticThese schools offer access to fantastic programming, individualized attention,programming, individualized attention, and incredible students from around theand incredible students from around the world.world.  Many of the non-Ivy League collegesMany of the non-Ivy League colleges offer different kinds of meritoffer different kinds of merit scholarshipsscholarships
  • 10. Public CollegesPublic Colleges  There are state funded colleges and are traditionallyThere are state funded colleges and are traditionally much cheaper than private colleges.much cheaper than private colleges.  Each state has its own system of public universities.Each state has its own system of public universities.  The University of CA has 9 campuses. The CSUs haveThe University of CA has 9 campuses. The CSUs have 23.23.  Other states have public universities. Flagship campusesOther states have public universities. Flagship campuses are their top campus—University of Michigan-Ann Arbor,are their top campus—University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of Texas-Austin, University of North Carolina-University of Texas-Austin, University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill.Chapel Hill.  They also have all kinds of other great public universities.They also have all kinds of other great public universities. In this economy they are looking for out of state tuitionIn this economy they are looking for out of state tuition and diverse students.and diverse students.  There are also exchanges. The Western UndergraduateThere are also exchanges. The Western Undergraduate Exchange that gives financial discounts at many out ofExchange that gives financial discounts at many out of state colleges for California students.state colleges for California students. http://wiche.edu/wuehttp://wiche.edu/wue..  These colleges have their own applications with their ownThese colleges have their own applications with their own requirements. Do research if you have an area of therequirements. Do research if you have an area of the country that interests you.country that interests you.
  • 11. •Private CollegesPrivate Colleges  TThey come in all shapes and sizes. Some are very selective. The Ivyhey come in all shapes and sizes. Some are very selective. The Ivy League is the top tier with many of their colleges only accepting 6 to 10%League is the top tier with many of their colleges only accepting 6 to 10% of students who apply. There are middle level and small colleges all over.of students who apply. There are middle level and small colleges all over. The large majority are desperately seeking diverse students, and theyThe large majority are desperately seeking diverse students, and they cancan’t find them. Their costs range from $10,000 to $57,000 per year’t find them. Their costs range from $10,000 to $57,000 per year include tuition, room, board, and other costs.include tuition, room, board, and other costs.  Some private colleges are religious and are looking for students whoSome private colleges are religious and are looking for students who match their religious beliefs. Others are Jesuit and accept all students.match their religious beliefs. Others are Jesuit and accept all students. Jesuit colleges are very open to undocumented students.Jesuit colleges are very open to undocumented students.  Other private colleges are liberal arts. They often a great education withinOther private colleges are liberal arts. They often a great education within non-technical fields. They offer great access to professors, amazingnon-technical fields. They offer great access to professors, amazing activities, and resources.activities, and resources.  Still others are technical or arts-related. There are schools like BostonStill others are technical or arts-related. There are schools like Boston Conservatory or The Maryland Institute of the Arts that only haveConservatory or The Maryland Institute of the Arts that only have programs for music or acting or art. Others are technical like MIT and onlyprograms for music or acting or art. Others are technical like MIT and only have programs related to math and science and engineering andhave programs related to math and science and engineering and technology.technology.
  • 12. More Privates…More Privates…  Other private colleges are liberal arts. They often a greatOther private colleges are liberal arts. They often a great education within non-technical fields. They offer greateducation within non-technical fields. They offer great access to professors, amazing activities, and resources.access to professors, amazing activities, and resources.  Still others are technical or arts-related. There are schoolsStill others are technical or arts-related. There are schools like Boston Conservatory or The Maryland Institute of thelike Boston Conservatory or The Maryland Institute of the Arts that only have programs for music or acting or art.Arts that only have programs for music or acting or art. Others are technical like MIT and only have programsOthers are technical like MIT and only have programs related to math and science and engineering andrelated to math and science and engineering and technology.technology.
  • 13. How Do I Afford TheseHow Do I Afford These CollegesColleges  Colleges themselves have diversity and presidentialColleges themselves have diversity and presidential scholarships. Students can research on collegescholarships. Students can research on college websites to find these scholarships. USC and the Ucswebsites to find these scholarships. USC and the Ucs have merit scholarships. Private colleges havehave merit scholarships. Private colleges have academic and merit and service scholarshipsacademic and merit and service scholarships  There are special major scholarships—Morehead-There are special major scholarships—Morehead- Cain (UNC). Robertson (Duke-UNC). JeffersonianCain (UNC). Robertson (Duke-UNC). Jeffersonian (UVA). Find these scholarships and apply.(UVA). Find these scholarships and apply.  Again the Western Undergraduate Exchange.Again the Western Undergraduate Exchange.  The Ivy League and many other colleges are need-The Ivy League and many other colleges are need- blind.blind. http://images.businessweek.com/ss/07/11/1114_tuitiohttp://images.businessweek.com/ss/07/11/1114_tuitio nfree/index_01.htmnfree/index_01.htm This means they accept you andThis means they accept you and then offer you the money to come.then offer you the money to come.
  • 14. Will my child be lonely?Will my child be lonely?  All students get homesick freshman year. But they get over itAll students get homesick freshman year. But they get over it quickly, especially if their family supports them.quickly, especially if their family supports them.  It would be great if you could find a way to drop your child offIt would be great if you could find a way to drop your child off freshman year and visit during parentsfreshman year and visit during parents’ weekend.’ weekend.  Your child will come home easily for Christmas and springYour child will come home easily for Christmas and spring break. Thanksgiving is sometimes hard and they go homebreak. Thanksgiving is sometimes hard and they go home with friends and relativeswith friends and relatives  You can speak with them on the phone, Skype, andYou can speak with them on the phone, Skype, and Facebook.Facebook.  You can send food and messages.You can send food and messages.  But please donBut please don’t ask them to leave or come home.’t ask them to leave or come home.  You need to encourage your child to go for free tutoring, joinYou need to encourage your child to go for free tutoring, join support groups, and make friends.support groups, and make friends.
  • 15. Will I miss my child?Will I miss my child? Of course, you will. ItOf course, you will. It’s’s expected. My mother missedexpected. My mother missed me. All three of us went out ofme. All three of us went out of state.state. You have worked so hard andYou have worked so hard and supported your child to let himsupported your child to let him or her have the best collegeor her have the best college education possible.education possible.
  • 16. Final WordsFinal Words  You will find a great college to attend.You will find a great college to attend.  Kids rarely remember where they didn’t getKids rarely remember where they didn’t get in. They focus on where they are.in. They focus on where they are.  Want what you can have. Don’t focus onWant what you can have. Don’t focus on out of reach colleges.out of reach colleges.  Completing great applications now makesCompleting great applications now makes a difference.a difference.  Plan to visit accepted colleges in AprilPlan to visit accepted colleges in April
  • 17. For more informationFor more information  Dr. Rebecca JosephDr. Rebecca Joseph  rjoseph@calstatela.edurjoseph@calstatela.edu  323-646-5759323-646-5759