Class of 2013 Surviving the College Application Process
Students, please… Be Proactive Get Organized Communicate Well Be an Expert Stay Positive Enjoy Senior Year!
Be Smart About Senior Year Application regulations 10 apps worldwide (UC/UCAS are 1 each) 10 application rule applies to entire application cycle Know deadlines and requirements Procrastination is your enemy (and doesn’t make a good impression) Strong to the finish All offers are conditional
Required for: Early Decision Single-Choice Early Action Helps your counselor tailor a version of your evaluation for the individual college This essay format is required by some US colleges to determine fit and genuine interest
Teacher Recommendations Ask your teacher(s) Complete the Teacher Rec Data Sheet Bring to Your Counselor to be Signed Give Signed Form to Teacher
Quick Essay Writing Tips Be genuine and personal Focus on one aspect of yourself Tell a good story Avoid gimmicks and clichés Use specific examples and details Proofread!
Common Applications Common Application – www.commonapp.org University of California October 1 – November 30 Two essays; prompts already posted Make transcript request to get an unofficial copy from our office – UCs do not require an official transcript at time of application OUAC – Ontario University Application Centre Available mid-September May apply to 2-3 faculties per university Preference Additional fee beyond initial 3 universities/programs UCAS Up to 5 choices One course for either Oxford or Cambridge Four courses in medicine/dentistry/veterinary
Deadlines To Request Transcripts(and other documents) US Early Decision I/Early Action – Sept. 7 All other US applications – Nov. 9 Canada McGill – Nov 9 All Others – After university email response to application UK – Work with Mr. Birchenall Deadlines: Sept 20 – Cambridge deadline to apply if hoping to interview in China, Malaysia or Singapore Oct 15 – OxBridge, medical, dental and veterinary Jan 15 – All others
Deadlines To Request Transcripts(and other documents) Australia Semester 2 Start (June) – Three weeks before application window opens Semester 1 Start (February) – Before student leaves school Hong Kong HKUST – Nov 9 HKU – Nov 9 India – Three weeks before application window opens Korea KAIST – Nov 9 SNU (12 yr.) – Nov 9 All others – April 15 Japan – Three weeks before application window opens
Documents Could Include: Transcript, HS Profile IB Predicted Grades Counselor Evaluation Teacher Evaluation(s) Financial Documents (only if we’re not sending other docs online) Paper Application (Korea/Japan) Character Reference (India) Mid-Year Reports automatically sent to colleges you have applied to
Documents Online We send Documents Online to US and Some of Canada (1,750+ total institutions) Transcripts Teacher/Counselor Evaluations + Forms IB Predicted Grades (All IB Diploma Students) Mid Year Report (1st semester grades) Final Transcripts If not online (e.g. Georgetown, UT-Austin) Send hard copy documents through the Counseling Center We use our own Teacher/Counselor forms for these schools
What We Don’t Send For These1,750 Universities… Financial Documents International Student Certification of Finances International Student Financial Aid Application Additional Recommendations or Materials You CAN ship these from the school via UPS Address the envelope Fill out the form with Eloisa No later than 3pm!
Testing Dates – No StandbySAT Test Date Registration Deadline ACT Test Date Registration Deadline October 1 September 7 October 27 September 21 November 6 October 4 December 8 November 2 December 1 November 1 January 26 December 28 April 13 March 8 May 4 April 5 June 8 May 3 June 1 May 2 ISM: 705 720 Test Center: 74905
Sending Test Scores SAT Reasoning (SAT I) and Subject Tests (SAT II) – www.collegeboard.com Score Choice When to Send Scores AP – Call 609-771-7366 ACT – www.actstudent.org TOEFL – www.toefl.org
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CommonApplicationWorkshopsEach senior applyingto at least one UScollege through theCommonApplication mustattend one session.
Senior EssayWritingWorkshopsPart IIMust have acomplete CommonApp essay draft
College Visits Evening Meetings Sept. 11 – Columbia, Duke, Georgetown, Northwestern, Princeton Sept. 24 – Brown Oct. 3 – UPenn August 23 – UBC 29 – Laureate Hospitality Education (Glion, Les Roches and 3 others) 30 – NYU September 3 – Macalester College 4 – Chapman, Babson, Elon, Augustana (PO45) 11 – LMU, Seatttle University, John Carroll University, George Mason University, University of Wyoming, University of Hawaii, Fairleigh Dickinson University (by canteen) 14 – Claremont McKenna College 19 – CIS College Fair (30+ universities) 20 – Yale and Yale-NUS 25 – St. Mary’s College in California 26 – Emerson College November Australian University Fair (Dates TBD)