College Forward N O V E M B E R 6 TH, 2 0 1 2 ELECTION DAY
Class Schedule Announcements (Scholarship and Volunteer Opportunities) Colleges of the Day Video and Writing Prompt: Electoral System Game: Concentration w/ Colleges Differences Between HS and College
Community Service Update This month’s community service day: November 17th (National Family Volunteer Day) In the meantime, here are some other opportunities: Heart to Heart Hospice (flexible schedule, 1 hour a week) Walk With Me 2K and 5K: Sunday Nov 11th, 6:30 am-11 am Urban Roots (any Saturday) Austin Pets Alive! (flexible schedule) Capital Area Food Bank (Saturdays, 9 am-noon or 1 pm-4 pm) Plant a section of Williamson Creek: Saturday Nov 1oth, 1-5pm Feel free to research other volunteer opportunities and let the class know about them!
Scholarship of the Week College Prowler “No Essay” Contest Open to all HS students Can reapply every month $2,000 monthly winner chosen from a random drawing
St. Edward’s University Private liberal arts university 4,425 undergrads Tuition + fees: $31,100 Average fin aid: $24,452 Hispanic-serving institute (39% Hispanic/Latino) Roman Catholic affiliation
St. Edward’s University 67% admitted 14:1 student to faculty ratio 81% retention rate 68% graduate within 6 years Pop majors: business, communications, psychology, social sciences, visual and performing arts Named Best Western school by Princeton Review
Emory University Atlanta, GA Private university 5,500 undergrads Tuition+fees: $42,980 Average fin aid: $33,598 7:1 student to faculty 96% retention 90% graduate within 6 years 27% acceptance rate
Emory University Pop majors: social sciences, business, biolog y, health professions, psychology Best Value College for 2012 #5 Best College Library #16 Best Quality of Life Best Southeastern College
Electoral College Video http://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/american -civics/v/electoral-college http://s3.amazonaws.com/KA-youtube- converted/oTbvYGH_Hiw.mp4/oTbvYGH_Hiw.mp 4
Writing Prompt You will have 15 minutes to write on the following prompt: Is the Electoral College the best system for choosing the President? If not, how could it be improved?
Public, Private, and Proprietary Schools WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
Public Vs. Private Public Private (Liberal Arts) Funded by state tax dollars Smaller classes and are No religious affiliation said to offer more personal Costs less attention Generally larger campuses Typically more competitive with a greater student body and selective population Depend on May save some spots for in- tuition, fees, private state residents gifts, corporate contributions, and Said to offer best endowments socioeconomic racial mix No out-of-state tuition Wider array of majors More expensive BUT offer more financial awards
Proprietary Schools For-profit college Students don’t live on campus; no traditional college community Very expensive and do not typically offer financial aid Some proprietary schools: University of Phoenix Virginia College Le Cordon Bleu Everest Institute ITT Technical Institute
Graduation Rates According to Education Trust, the graduation rates for schools offering bachelor’s degrees are: Public: 55% Private: 65% Proprietary: 22%
Cost According to Bloomberg, the average cost of attending a four-year college: Public: $15,600 Private: $26,600 Proprietary: $30,900
Student Loan Debt According to Education Trust, the student loan debt among bachelor’s degree recipients: Public: $7,960 Private: $17,040 Proprietary: $31,900
Default on Student Loans Default rates 4 years into repayment, according to the Government Accountability Office: Public: 9.5% Private: 6.5% Proprietary: 23.3%
So You Want to Take the ACT? WELL, ALRIGHT, YOU DON’T REALLY WANT TO TAKE IT, BUT YOU NEED TO IN ORDER TO GET INTO A 4-YEAR UNIVERSITY AND BESIDES, IT BUILDS CHARACTER
What’s on the ACT?Subject # of Questions Time ContentEnglish 75 45 minutes Measures standard written English and rhetorical skills.Math 60 60 minutes Measures math skills students have typically acquired in courses taken up to the beginning of 12th grade.Reading 40 35 minutes Measures reading comprehension.Science 40 35 minutes Measures the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem- solving skills required in natural sciences.Optional 1 prompt 30 minutes Measures writing skills emphasized inWriting high school English classes and inTest entry-level college composition courses.
General Test-Taking Tips Read the directions and each question very carefully. Pace yourself—don’t spend too much time on a single passage or question. Answer the easy questions first, then return to the difficult ones if you have time. Answer every question. There is no penalty for guessing on the ACT. Bring layers of clothes—you never know what the testing room will be like, and you want to be comfortable. Bring a calculator. Phones do not count.