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Admissions Committees:  Numbers Do Matter         Katie Cooney LeskoSenior Associate Director of Admissions
Important Factors•   Curriculum•   Academic Achievement•   Testing•   Recommendations•   Extracurricular Activities•   The...
Curriculum• Course selection• Senior year• Preparation for   area of interest• AP/IB/honors/  college courses
Academic Achievement• GPA• Weighted /  Non-weighted Grades
TESTING    • SAT Reasoning    • ACT    • SAT II Subject Tests    • Testing-optional      colleges
Student A – History EducationSingle-parent home, one of two children, one visitSenior Courses: English 4 (H), Pre-Calculus...
Student B – American StudiesTwo-parent home, one of three children, Catholic school, visited THREE times  before applicati...
Student C – BiologyTwo-parent home, one of two children, no visitSenior Courses: Literature, AP calculus, government and e...
Keep in touchKatie Cooney Lesko– klesko@siena.edu           Siena College         515 Loudon Road    Loudonville, New York...
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Admissions Committees: Numbers Do Matter

  1. 1. Admissions Committees: Numbers Do Matter Katie Cooney LeskoSenior Associate Director of Admissions
  2. 2. Important Factors• Curriculum• Academic Achievement• Testing• Recommendations• Extracurricular Activities• The “WOW” Factor• Quality of Application
  3. 3. Curriculum• Course selection• Senior year• Preparation for area of interest• AP/IB/honors/ college courses
  4. 4. Academic Achievement• GPA• Weighted / Non-weighted Grades
  5. 5. TESTING • SAT Reasoning • ACT • SAT II Subject Tests • Testing-optional colleges
  6. 6. Student A – History EducationSingle-parent home, one of two children, one visitSenior Courses: English 4 (H), Pre-Calculus (SUNY), Government and Economics (H), Physics, AccountingNumber of Honors Courses: 7 in Liberal Arts Rank: n/aThree-year GPA Trend: 83, 86, 80, senior year 86 SAT: 540 cr 540 m 600 wrEssay: Description of the game-winning catch. “Euphoria wasn’t enough to explain the feeling my teammates and I had.”Recommendations: “…eager to learn all he can about his future career aspirations.” “…friendly, responsible, mature…” “…a strong writer and is capable of expressing well, both orally and in written form.”Interested in: Intramural basketball, History ClubActivities: 9-12 baseball outfielder, team captain; 11-12 basketball coach – led team to championship; 11-12 works 15 hours a week; 12 Internship as middle school history teacher – already led 3 lessons
  7. 7. Student B – American StudiesTwo-parent home, one of three children, Catholic school, visited THREE times before application filedSenior Courses: English 4, AP Calc, honors civics and psych, Service Class, AP Spanish, chorus, Christian ethicsNumber of Honors Courses: 14 Rank: n/aThree-year GPA Trend: 90, 92, 88 SAT: 660 cr 650 m 700 wr History GPA: 88, 92, 88 English GPA: 93, 95, 88Essay: Little House on the Prairie teaches the young how to live properly.Recommendations: “…very involved…” “The first one to ask what needs to be done… feels a calling to service.” “Creative research paper on the historical time of Little House on the Prairie…takes risks and rises to the occasion.” “…such a strong sense of self that leads her to helping others.”Interested in: honors, study abroad, campus groups, chorus and theatreActivities at home: tutors, drama, captain for community meal programs, chorus at school, church choir
  8. 8. Student C – BiologyTwo-parent home, one of two children, no visitSenior Courses: Literature, AP calculus, government and economics, marine science, Academy of Finance coursesNumber of Honors Courses: 8 Rank: top 38%Three-year GPA Trend: 88, 86, 87 SAT: 500 cr, 540 m, 430 wr Math: 83, 88, 86; Science: 85, 73, 82Essay: reader response to “The Yellow Wallpaper.” Interesting take on mental illness.Recommendations: “…self-confidence without arrogance…“ “…asked to borrow books on marketing…” “…insightful perspective on learning from a group perspective.”Interested in: lacrosse, communicationsActivities: football – capt; lacrosse, business honor society
  9. 9. Keep in touchKatie Cooney Lesko– klesko@siena.edu Siena College 515 Loudon Road Loudonville, New York 12211 1-888-AT-SIENA www.siena.edu/admissions http://www.rusiena.com

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