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  1. 1. College Admissions<br />Ellen Richards<br />educational services<br />
  2. 2. WHY SHOULD STUDENTS & PARENTS START THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE NOW?<br /><ul><li>Avoid the anxiety associated with the college admissions process.
  3. 3. Gain confidence and remain calm as they move through the process.
  4. 4. Make informed choices during freshman through senior years.</li></li></ul><li>Thinking About College?<br /><ul><li>Start a college file
  5. 5. Research & visit colleges</li></ul>Prepare for standardized tests<br /><ul><li>Become a well-rounded student
  6. 6. Plan summer activities(classes, volunteer, internship, summer job, travel, etc.)
  7. 7. Discuss college financial optionswith your family</li></li></ul><li>A Good College “Fit” Will…<br /><ul><li>Have a program of studyto match your interests and needs
  8. 8. Provide a style of instructionto match the way you like to learn
  9. 9. Supplya level of academic rigorto match your aptitude and preparation
  10. 10. Offer a community that feels like home
  11. 11. Value youfor what you do well</li></li></ul><li>How do college admissions committees make their decision??? <br />Admissions officers want to know: <br />“How have you taken advantage of your opportunities, <br /> and what will you bring to our campus?”<br />Comprehensive Evaluation<br /><ul><li>Rigor of Classes over 4 Years
  12. 12. GPA / Transcript
  13. 13. Personal Statement/Essay
  14. 14. SAT or ACT Scores
  15. 15. Extra-Curricular Activities/Community Service
  16. 16. Teacher & Counselor Letters of Recommendation</li></li></ul><li>Math Course Choices<br />Trig/<br />PreCalculus<br />Advanced<br />Algebra<br />Geometry <br />Algebra I<br />Intro. To<br />Statistics<br />Problem<br />Solving<br />AP <br />Calculus AB<br />Honors <br />Geometry<br />Honors Trig/<br />Pre-Calculus<br />Honors <br />Advanced<br />Algebra<br />AP <br />Calculus BC<br />
  17. 17. Science Course Choices<br />Biology<br />Physiology<br />Integrated <br />Physical Science<br />Chemistry<br />Physics<br />For selective colleges and majors in the sciences, pre-med or engineering, <br />Physics is highly recommended and often required.<br />Physiology<br />Physics<br />Chemistry<br />Biology<br />AP Biology<br />AP Physics<br />Honors<br />Chemistry<br />Honors <br />Biology<br />AP Chemistry<br />Honors<br />Physics<br />
  18. 18. Types of Colleges & Universities <br />Community Colleges<br />State Universities<br />Private Colleges & Universities <br />
  19. 19. Characteristics of Community Colleges<br />Perks of Attending <br /><ul><li> Priority transfer programs with the state
  20. 20. Take lower division general education courses, improve grades, time to mature
  21. 21. Less expensive
  22. 22. No SAT or ACT
  23. 23. Minimal application process in spring</li></li></ul><li>Characteristics of State Colleges & Universities<br /><ul><li>Usually no letters of recommendation
  24. 24. No interviews
  25. 25. Most use separate application & do not accept the common application
  26. 26. Applicants from out of state can pay the same amount as they would at a private college </li></li></ul><li>Characteristics of Private Schools<br />Many private schools have:<br /><ul><li>Smaller class sizes
  27. 27. A lower student to faculty ratio
  28. 28. Classes taught by professors
  29. 29. Higher four-year graduation rates
  30. 30. Transfer options as early as sophomore year
  31. 31. A specific affiliation or sense of community</li></li></ul><li>Application Process<br />Admission policies & deadlines<br />Early Decision<br />Early Action<br />Regular Action/Decision<br />(more on these options in a minute…)<br />Use the individual Institutional application and/or common application (<br />
  32. 32. Application Requirements<br />Official transcript (9th thru 12th grades)<br />SAT and/or ACT scores<br />Essay / Personal Statement<br />Extracurricular activities<br />Letter(s) of Recommendation<br />Interviews<br />Program-specific requirements: auditions, portfolios<br />
  33. 33. Create Your Preliminary College List<br />Your list should include at least:<br /> 1 Reach (highly competitive) <br /> 3 Possible (competitive) <br /> 1 Likely (probable admission)<br />* Your “safety” school is your most important choice – will you be happy there if it is your only option?<br />
  34. 34. PUTTING THE COLLEGE PROCESS IN PERSPECTIVE<br />Students should build a solid academic foundation while:<br /><ul><li>Exploring new options outside of the classroom
  35. 35. Continuing to pursue the activities they enjoy
  36. 36. Challenging themselves academically to do their best work
  37. 37. Achieving the personal goals they set for themselves
  38. 38. Making friends
  39. 39. Taking advantage of opportunities</li></li></ul><li>OPTIONS FORCOLLEGEADMISSIONS <br />
  40. 40. Early Decision & Early Action<br />Early Decision<br />binding plan <br />student must attend the school if the school accept them <br />may apply to only one college for early decision<br />Early Action<br />not binding <br />student can choose to commit to the college immediately, or wait until the spring<br />student may also apply early action to other colleges<br />
  41. 41. Early Evaluation & Early Notification <br />Receive a letter from college stating the likelihood of acceptance in late February <br />The official decision letter mailed in early April<br />
  42. 42. Rolling Admissions <br />Common at large state universities<br />Allows students to apply at any time during their admission period; typically, September through July<br />Schools evaluate each college application as they are received<br />Acceptance letters immediately mailed to students who meet their requirements <br />
  43. 43. Plan for Standardized Tests<br /><ul><li>Each person has different strengths, so each student’s strategies will differ.
  44. 44. Take “practice” standardized tests.
  45. 45. Take SAT Subject tests in your areas of strength.</li></ul>Aim to complete all required college testing before the end of your Junior year!<br />
  46. 46. STANDARDIZED TESTING<br />ACT<br />Sophomore<br />PLAN<br />SAT Subject<br />Tests<br />PSAT<br />SAT / ACT<br />Junior<br />SAT Tests<br />SAT / ACT<br />Retakes only<br />(by December)<br />Senior<br />
  47. 47. PSAT/ PLAN<br />Purpose<br /><ul><li> Preparation test for the SAT &ACT
  48. 48. Familiarize students with the SAT and ACT Tests
  49. 49. Give students an analysis of their strengths and weaknesses</li></li></ul><li>SAT Test<br />Three sections:<br /> Critical Reading <br /> Mathematical Reasoning<br /> Writing<br />Duration:<br /> 3 hours and 45 minutes<br />Offered: <br />seven times a year<br />
  50. 50. SAT SUBJECT TESTS<br />60 minute multiple choice tests on specific subjects<br />Some colleges require that a student submit 2 or 3 subject tests<br />SAT Subject Tests include:<br /><ul><li>Literature
  51. 51. U.S. History and World History
  52. 52. Mathematics I and II
  53. 53. Biology-Ecological, Biology-Molecular
  54. 54. Chemistry
  55. 55. Physics
  56. 56. Foreign Languages – Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Modern Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Japanese, and Korean</li></li></ul><li>ACT EXAM<br />All Colleges accept ACT or SAT<br />Consists of four 30 to 50 minute sections in English, mathematics, reading and science reasoning <br />Scores are averaged into a composite score that ranges from 11 (low) to 36 (high)<br />
  57. 57. Advanced Placement (AP) Exams<br />Taken in May <br />3-hour long examinations based on full- year college level courses offered in high school. <br />Scored from 1 to 5<br />Subjects <br />Art History <br /> Biology <br />Calculus AB <br />Calculus BC <br />Chemistry <br />Chinese Language and Culture<br />Computer Science A<br />English Language <br />English Literature<br />Environmental Science<br />European History<br />French Language<br />German Language<br />Comp Government & Politics<br />U.S. Government & Politics<br />Human Geography<br />Japanese Language and Culture<br />Latin: Vergil<br /> Macroeconomics <br />Microeconomics <br />Music Theory<br />Physics B<br />Physics C<br />Psychology<br />Spanish Language<br />Spanish Literature<br />Statistics<br />Studio Art<br />U.S. History<br />World History<br />
  58. 58. Testing TOEFLTest of English Foreign Language<br />Used for international students <br />whose native language<br />is not English and who are applying for admission to colleges and graduate schools <br />in the United States. <br />
  59. 59. Sending Your Scores<br />Score Choice<br />Follow admissions policies of colleges<br />Colleges cannot “opt out of” or “reject” score choice<br />The College Board does not release SAT test scores without student consent<br />
  60. 60. InterviewsSummer Before Senior Year<br />Purpose:<br /><ul><li>Reinforce interest in a particular institution
  61. 61. Opportunity for the admission staff to clarify the match between school’s offerings and student’s interest/abilities</li></ul>Types of Interviews:<br /><ul><li>On-Campus Interviews
  62. 62. Alumni Interviews</li></li></ul><li>Writing Your College Essay<br />
  63. 63. Personal Statement / Essay<br />Capture reader’s initial attention<br />Maintainconsistent and logical flow<br />Leave reader with lingering thought or lasting impression<br />Avoid common traps<br />-Plato’s Pitfall<br /> -Over use of the thesaurus<br /> -Use of your resume as an essay outline<br />
  64. 64. Process: Writing the Essay <br />“SHOW Don’t Tell!”<br /> Be concise<br />
  65. 65. Letters of Recommendation<br /> Ask teachers:<br /><ul><li> in academic areas
  66. 66. who know you well</li></li></ul><li>Common Myths<br /><ul><li> Senior year grades don’t count.
  67. 67. Once I’m accepted to college I can stop studying.
  68. 68. I must declare a major.
  69. 69. I should know what I want to do for the rest of my life.
  70. 70. “C” students don’t go to 4-year colleges.
  71. 71. UC Berkeley is the best school for me.
  72. 72. CSU’s are not good schools
  73. 73. Community Colleges are only for students who didn’t do well in high school.</li></li></ul><li>In an increasingly competitive college market, it is no longer enough just to be smart. <br />Colleges want to know what students will offer to the community.<br />Beyond the Classroom<br />
  74. 74. Beyond the Classroom<br />Find a balance between extra-curricular pursuits & school work.<br />
  75. 75. Beyond the Classroom<br />Do what you are passionate about - your enthusiasm and sincerity will shine through.<br />Pursue interests that make you happy<br />and are enriching and rewarding.<br />
  76. 76. Become a Leader<br />During your high school years dive into one or more areas of interest. <br />Leadership<br />
  77. 77. Financial Aid<br />Financial aid is available for InternationalStudents<br />Research if your specific situation qualifies <br />
  78. 78. Questions / Discussion<br />