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Studying in the USA

  1. 1. January 19, 2013
  2. 2. Types of Institutions• Public• Private• Universities: Graduate level research, includes pre- professional programs• Liberal Arts Colleges: Undergraduate level research, broad preparation in academic disciplines• Community Colleges: 2 years, general education requirements, vocational training
  3. 3. Choosing Universities• Cost & Financial Aid• Location – Rural to Urban – Jobs/Recruitment – Weather – Distance to Family/Friends• Size: Under 1,000 to 60,000+• Major• Special Programs• Selectivity – Reach (2) – Possible (4) – Safety (2)• Campus Culture
  4. 4. COST & FINANCIAL AID
  5. 5. Cost• Total cost from Tuition FREE to ~$60,000 – Public: ~$20,000 to ~$52,000 – Private: ~$35,000 to ~$60,000• Room & Board – About $10,000+ – Might be able to save money by living off campus• Other expenses to consider – Fees – Books – Travel
  6. 6. Financial Aid• US Citizens • International Students – Eligible for – Eligible for • Federal Aid • Limited Institutional Aid – FAFSA • Limited Private Aid – CSS/Financial Aid Profile • Institutional Aid • Private Aid
  7. 7. Financial Aid Terms – Grants and Scholarships: • No stipulation of repayment • Originate from – Federal or state government – Private sources – Institution • Grants tend to be based on need • Scholarships based on – Financial need – Merit – Particular talents or skills – Loans: • Requires repayment, usually with interest – Subsidized – Unsubsidized – Jobs: • On campus – Work study • Off campus – International students not eligible
  8. 8. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
  9. 9. Where do you want to live?• City Living vs. The College Town• Jobs – Internships – Recruitment• Environment• Staying close to family and friends – Where will you go on holidays?
  10. 10. Visiting Colleges• With family, if possible• Visit a variety of colleges in a variety of locations to help refine your preferences• Schedule interviews, if offered• Organized tours: – Trevor Sturgeon College Tours • www.tscollegetours.com – College Visits • www.college-visits.com
  11. 11. COLLEGES VS. UNIVERSITIES
  12. 12. The BIG Schools• More majors and classes• Bigger classes• Research• Diversity• International name recognition• Large scale events, sportsNYU 22,000 students 28 AppsBerkeley 25,500 students 31 AppsMichigan 27,000 students 19 Apps
  13. 13. The Small Schools• Intimate community• Smaller classes• Easier to know your professors• Focus on teaching• Recommendations for graduate school• OpportunitiesClaremont McKenna 1,250 students 11 AppsWesleyan 2,850 students 10 AppsBarnard 2,400 students 8 Apps
  14. 14. Did you benefit from theteaching at your college?80.00 Liberal Arts 7270.00 Private60.00 Top 50 Public Public Flagships50.00 45 Regional Public40.00 33 2930.00 2520.0010.00 0.00
  15. 15. Rankings• Quality cannot be quantified• They can tell you, in general terms, about the academic credentials of the students they attract
  16. 16. US News “Methodology” Criteria Academic Reputation Selectivity Faculty Resources Graduation/Retention Rates Financial Resources Alumni Giving
  17. 17. Unscientific Methods Universities A B C Stanford 2 6 9 MIT 7 6 1 Notre Dame 8 17 57 Duke 13 8 12 Boston College 14 31 72 Tufts 15 28 51 Dartmouth 17 10 34 Cornell 26 15 9 NYU 41 32 18
  18. 18. Perform Well as an Undergraduate“...nearly every student in our university - andsimilar institutions - will pursue career-specificgraduate studies[…] The bachelor’s degree hasbecome a way station, a preparatory degree; it’s nolonger an end in itself.” USC President Steven B. Sample
  19. 19. RESEARCHING COLLEGES
  20. 20. Find Exciting Departments• Broadcast Journalism – Syracuse University• Chemical Engineering – U. of Minnesota• Child Psychology and Social Work – Wayne State University• Print Journalism – University of Missouri• Foreign Language – Middlebury College• Foreign Service – Georgetown University• Genetics – UC, Davis• Hotel Management - UNLV• Economics – MIT• International Relations – Tufts University• Meteorology – Iowa State University• Sociology – University of Wisconsin, Madison
  21. 21. Special Programs/Majors• 3-2 Engineering• 3-3 Law• Design Your Major• Open Curriculum• Interdisciplinary Programs• Consortia, cross-registration: – Amherst, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke, Smith, UMASS- Amherst; – UPENN, Swarthmore, Haverford, Bryn Mawr; – Claremont Colleges
  22. 22. SELECTIVITY
  23. 23. Apply to a Selectivity Range• Based on 8 applications: – 2 Safety: 95% chance – 4 Possible: 35% to 75% chance – 2 Reach: Less than 35% chance
  24. 24. Are You Competitive?
  25. 25. Types of AdmissionEarly Decision (binding) Regular DecisionED I: Nov 1, Nov 15 Strict deadlines, usuallyED II: usually January around January 1You can do both!!!Early Action (not binding) Rolling Admission“Single-Choice” Apply any time, quick replies Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford Apply early, if possible“Restrictive” Boston College, Georgetown
  26. 26. ADMISSION DECISIONS
  27. 27. What Colleges Want to Know…  Can the student do the work?  What evidence do we have?  How does he/she compare?  How will the student contribute?  What will the student take away?
  28. 28. From Admissions Officers“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.”
  29. 29. “Students we accept havent just gone through the motions—theyve put heart and soul into the areas that interest them.”
  30. 30. Factors in the Admission Decision Considerable Moderate LimitedFactor importance importance importance No importance 84.3% 11.9% 2.3% 1.5% 67.7 20.4 5.8 6.2 59.2 29.6 6.9 4.2 51.9 39.2 6.9 1.9Essay or writing sample 24.9 37.5 17.2 20.3Student’s demonstrated interest 20.5 29.7 24.7 25.1Counselor evaluation 19.2 39.8 27.2 13.8Class rank 18.8 31.0 31.4 18.8Teacher recommendation 16.5 41.9 26.5 15.0Subject test scores (AP, IB) 6.9 31.2 31.5 30.4Portfolio 6.6 12.8 30.2 50.4Interview 6.2 25.4 25.8 42.7SAT Subject Test scores 5.4 9.7 22.6 62.3Extracurricular activities 5.0 43.1 38.1 13.8State graduation exam scores 4.2 14.9 23.8 57.1Work 2.3 17.0 43.2 37.5 SOURCE: NACAC Admission Trends Survey, 2011
  31. 31. The Anatomy of a Candidate STUDENT’S CANDIDACY WILDCARDS ACTIVELY HARMFUL Athletics Strength of program Unsolicited contact from Objective extracurricular parents excellence Academic performance Demonstrated interest Too many ungrounded recommendations Standardized testing Child of alumnus/a Overly aggressive schoolCounselor recommendation lobbying Institutional Priorities Teacher recommendation DevelopmentLimited and polite additional information Financial need
  32. 32. Essays & Activities• Are you consistently interesting?• Are you passionate?• Do you make an impact?
  33. 33. Teacher Recommendations• Attest to you as a person in the context of the classroom• Powerful characteristics colleges seek: – Intellectual power – Curiosity – Love of learning – Initiative to learn beyond the classroom – Insightful in discussion – Creative – Willingness to take risks – Independently motivated – Collaborative – Learns from mistakes• Don’t feel like you have to be all these things• Ask a teacher who knows you well and can communicate your strengths• Teachers need stories to tell• Recommendations are honest but in a positive tone
  34. 34. Counselor Evaluations• Put you in the context of our school• Tell stories that show what kind of person you are• Convey your interests, how you’ve pursued those interests and what impact you’ve made in those endeavors• Help us advocate for you – Allow us to get to know you; spend time in the Counseling Center – Give us insight into who you are and what you stand for, dirt and all – Senior profile, junior parent survey, journal entries and peer recommendations
  35. 35. GETTING STARTED
  36. 36. Where Should I be in theProcess?• Determine your own criteria for a“good college”• Create a college list – Now: 20-30 colleges – August: 5-10* colleges• Be open-minded• Create an organizational chart, including deadlines and requirements*ISM strictly limits students to 10 applications (UC, UCAS count as one)
  37. 37. What to do NOW• Self-reflection; Determine priorities• Research• Junior meeting• Meet with parents and counselor• Register for: – SAT – TOEFL, if appropriate• Request letters of recommendation – Teacher Rec Data Sheet – Ask departing teachers now• Junior Parent Survey (in Naviance) due: March 4• Senior profile due: August 12
  38. 38. Events Coming Up…Mock US College Admissionsfor Gr. 11 students and parentsTuesday, March 19Thursday, March 21Tuesday, April 305:00 – 6:30, Little TheaterCollege Essay Writing Workshop Part Ifor Gr. 11 students onlyWednesday, April 17Thursday, April 18Monday, April 223:00 – 4:30, Lofthouse

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