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Studying in the USA

  1. 1. University Information Night<br />February 8, 2011<br />5:00 – 7:00pm<br />
  2. 2. Workshops<br />Advice from Class of 2011<br />5:30 – 5:55<br />6:00 – 6:25<br />6:30 – 7:00<br />Little Theater <br />AMR<br />1057<br />FAT<br />
  3. 3. Our Philosophy<br />Students must be experts<br />Encouraging, straightforward assessment<br />A match to be made, not a trophy to be won<br />Find colleges that fit<br />Integrity and confidentiality<br />
  4. 4. Choosing Universities…<br />Cost & Financial Aid<br />Location<br />Country<br />Rural to Urban<br />Jobs/recruitment<br />Weather<br />Size: Under 1,000 to 60,000+<br />Selectivity (≈ Rank)<br />Reach (2)<br />Target (4)<br />Safety (2)<br />Campus Culture <br />Major<br />Special Programs<br />
  5. 5. Resources<br />Counselor<br />College Visits<br />Internet <br />Review Sites<br />University web sites<br />Family Connection<br />Friends and Family<br />Alumni<br />Catalogs and Guides<br />
  6. 6. Independence…<br /><ul><li>Keep the process in perspective
  7. 7. Work together as a family
  8. 8. Student must take ownership</li></li></ul><li>
  9. 9. Types of Institutions<br />Public <br />Private<br />Universities: Graduate level research, includes pre-professional programs<br />Liberal Arts Colleges: Undergraduate level research, broad preparation in academic disciplines<br />Community Colleges: 2 years, general education requirements, vocational training<br />
  10. 10. Did you benefit from teaching?<br />
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  13. 13. Rankings<br />Quality cannot be quantified<br />They can tell you, in general terms, about the academic credentials of the students they attract<br />Perform well as an <br /> undergrad!<br />
  14. 14. “...nearly every student in our university - and similar institutions - will pursue career-specific graduate studies[…] The bachelor’s degree has become a way station, a preparatory degree; it’s no longer an end in itself.” USC President Steven B. Sample<br />
  15. 15. US News “Methodology”<br />
  16. 16. Unscientific Methods<br />
  17. 17. Exciting Departments<br />Broadcast Journalism – Syracuse University<br />Chemical Engineering – U. of Minnesota<br />Child Psychology and Social Work – Wayne State University<br />Print Journalism – University of Missouri<br />Foreign Language – Middlebury College<br />Foreign Service – Georgetown University<br />Genetics – UC, Davis<br />Hotel Management - UNLV<br />Economics – MIT<br />International Relations – Tufts University<br />Meteorology – Iowa State University<br />Sociology – University of Wisconsin, Madison<br />
  18. 18. Special Programs/Majors <br />3-2 Engineering<br />3-3 Law<br />Design Your Major<br />Open Curriculum<br />Interdisciplinary: UPENN programs within Wharton – Huntsman (IR); Jerome Fisher (Tech./Eng.)<br />Consortia, cross-registration: Amherst, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke, Smith, UMASS-Amherst; UPENN, Swarthmore, Haverford, Bryn Mawr; Claremenot Colleges<br />
  19. 19. Visiting Colleges<br />With family, if possible<br />Schedule interviews, if offered<br />Organized tour:<br /> Trevor Sturgeon College Tours<br />
  20. 20. Are you competitive?<br />
  21. 21. Types of Admission<br />Early Decision<br />ED I: Nov 1, Nov 15<br />ED II: usually January (same as RD)<br />You can do both!!!<br />Early Action<br />“Single-Choice” or “Restrictive” EA<br />Boston College<br />Georgetown University<br />Stanford <br />Yale<br />Regular Decision<br />Rolling Admission<br />
  22. 22. Where Should I be in the Process?<br />Now: 20-30 colleges <br />August: 5-10 colleges<br />
  23. 23. Apply to a Selectivity Range<br />Based on 8 applications:<br />2 Safety – 95%<br />4 Target – 35% to 75%<br />2 Reach – Less than 35% <br />Or <br />1 Safety<br />5 Target<br />2 Reach<br />
  24. 24. What Colleges Want to Know…<br /><ul><li>Can the student do the work?
  25. 25. What evidence do we have?
  26. 26. How do they compare?
  27. 27. How will student contribute?
  28. 28. What will student take away?</li></li></ul><li>“We are looking for people whose egos won’t get in the way of learning, students whose investment in ideas and words tells us - in the context of their records - that they are aware of a world beyond their own homes, schools, grades and scores.”<br />
  29. 29. “Students we accept haven't just gone through the motions—they've put heart and soul into the areas that interest them.”<br />
  30. 30. Percentage of Colleges Attributing Different Levels of Importance to Factors in the Admission Decision<br />SOURCE: NACAC Admission Trends Survey, 2008<br />
  31. 31. Essays & Activities<br />Are you consistently interesting? <br />Are you passionate? <br />Do you make an impact?<br />Counselor Evaluation<br />Get to know us<br />Give us insight into who you are, dirt and all<br />Help us advocate for you!<br />
  32. 32. Testing: SAT<br />January<br />May<br />June<br />October<br />November<br />December<br />January<br />
  33. 33. SAT’s<br />
  34. 34. Testing: ACT<br />April<br />June<br />October<br />December<br />
  35. 35.
  36. 36. Testing: TOEFL<br />DO IT EARLY!!!<br />
  37. 37. Teacher Recommendations<br />Ask a teacher who knows you well and can communicate your strengths<br />Teacher Rec Data Sheet<br />Give teachers at least 3 weeks to write letter!<br />Request from departing teachers <br />
  38. 38. What to do NOW<br />Research<br />Junior College Survey<br />Junior Meeting w/ Parents<br />Senior Profile<br />Request letters of Recommendations<br />Register for SAT<br />
  39. 39. THANK YOU!<br />

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