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The Road to College Admissions by SpanOne College Counseling

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SpanOne helps students get into top colleges by working one-on-one with an experienced college admissions counselor.

Our college counselors help families navigate the complex and stressful process of college planning and applications. Many of them are former admissions staff members and educational professionals from the top colleges. They are best at what they do.

Our college counselors are located in cities across the country, including Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle and Washington DC.

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The Road to College Admissions by SpanOne College Counseling

  1. 1. The Road to College Admissions
  2. 2. It’s a brave new college admissions world
  3. 3. It’s a brave new college admissions world
  4. 4. It’s a brave new college admissions world
  5. 5. It’s a brave new college admissions world
  6. 6. It’s a brave new college admissions world
  7. 7. The big picture
  8. 8. 5.07% Stanford acceptance rate
  9. 9. Colleges and universities don’t admit 2400s or 36s. They admit .real students. with .real experiences. and .real stories.. You are one of those students. These numbers don’t tell the full story
  10. 10. You will walk away from this more empowered and informed than ever before about the college admissions journey. Goal
  11. 11. You will walk away from this more empowered and informed than ever before about the college admissions journey. Goal
  12. 12. The College Admissions Journey Application component s The final decision Absorb everything Informatio n gathering The college essay Academics come first SAT vs. ACT Next level strategy Getting involved Freshman Sophomor e Junior Senior
  13. 13. Parents: Be partners in your child’s success - support them ● Junior High: Passions, exploration, academics ● Freshmen: Game plan, goals, challenge yourself ● Sophomores: Reach goals, summer plan, explore ● Juniors: Focus, evaluate plan, determine likes/dislikes 1. Absorb everything, start early, set goals College planning can begin in 7th grade, but it’s never too late to start
  14. 14. ● Past success = Future success ● The importance of .AP. , .IB. , and .honors. courses ● Challenge yourself ○ Be competitive with yourself, not your classmates 2. Academics come first Your transcript is the most important part of your application
  15. 15. .4.0. , .5.0. , .7.0. , .100. ? 2. Academics come first What’s with all of these crazy GPA scales?
  16. 16. .4.0. , .5.0. , .7.0. , .100. ? .No GPA at all!. 2. Academics come first What’s with all of these crazy GPA scales?
  17. 17. ● Time spent outside of the classroom ● Work? Volunteer? Play a sport, instrument? ● How many hours per week? How many years? 1. Dedication 2. Persistence 3. Personal growth 4. Leadership 3. Getting involved, athletics, special talents Follow your passion, be proactive, stay engaged
  18. 18. ● Academically: support, desire and ability to succeed? ● Athletically: Can I contribute and improve? ● Socially: Will I be comfortable and grow as a person? Know NCAA rules: www.ncaa.org Good grades = more opportunity The reality of athletic scholarships 3. Athletic recruiting Be proactive, persistent, and know the rules
  19. 19. ● Explore. Know thyself. Likes/dislikes, weather, school size ● Name brands and looking for the “best fit” ● Research. More knowledge = more opportunity ● Parent research, net price calculators ● “Colleges That Change Lives” - www.ctcl.org ● 10 schools on the list: Reach schools, Competitive, Probable 4. Information gathering The science behind building your college list
  20. 20. .SAT. 2400 -> 1600 Reading, Math, Writing 25-min sections x 10 + SAT IIs 5. SAT vs. ACT Critical thinking in two different forms. .ACT. 36 English, Math, Science, Reading 60-min sections x 4 + optional Writing section
  21. 21. .SAT. 2400 Reading, Math, Writing 25-min sections x 10 + SAT IIs 5. SAT vs. ACT .Score choice? Super score?. It’s all about your personal preference .ACT. 36 English, Math, Science, Reading 60-min sections x 4 + optional Writing section
  22. 22. ● Personal Information ● Academic Information ● Transcript ● Extracurricular Information 6. Common application components The majority of your application is already crafted ● Essay ● Letters of recommendation ○ 1 guidance counselor ○ 2 teachers
  23. 23. ● Personal Information ● Academic Information ● Transcript ● Standardized testing scores ● Extracurricular 6. Common application components But really, what’s .most important.? ● Essay ● Letters of recommendation ○ 1 guidance counselor ○ 2 teachers
  24. 24. 6. Additional application components The majority of your application is already crafted College-specific supplement ● Essay ● Proposed area of study On-campus / Alumni Interviews Scholarships Financial Aid
  25. 25. 7. The art of the college essay
  26. 26. ● Essay can be the “swaying factor” ● Essays and short answers provide an interview on paper ● Illustrate your personality, humor, eloquence, and writing ability ● Tips: answer the question, edit, proofread, be yourself, be concise, be accurate, be vivid 7. The art of the college essay The “tip factor” that brings YOU off the page
  27. 27. The timeline is in your hands. But is there a competitive advantage? Early Action Early Decision Regular Decision Rolling Admissions 8. Next level strategy - Early, rolling, regular
  28. 28. The timeline is in your hands. But is there a competitive advantage? .NOV. Early Action .NOV. Early Decision .JAN. Regular Decision .VAR. Rolling Admissions 8. Next level strategy - Early, rolling, regular
  29. 29. The timeline is in your hands. But is there a competitive advantage? .NOV. Early Action Not binding .NOV. Early Decision Binding 8. Next level strategy - Early, rolling, regular
  30. 30. The timeline is in your hands. But is there a competitive advantage? .NOV. Early Action Apply to multiple* .NOV. Early Decision Apply to one 8. Next level strategy - Early, rolling, regular
  31. 31. The timeline is in your hands. But is there a competitive advantage? .NOV. Early Action Hear by mid- December .NOV. Early Decision Hear by mid- December 8. Next level strategy - Early, rolling, regular
  32. 32. Who should apply early action / early decision? A student who... 8. Next level strategy - Early, rolling, regular ● Researched colleges extensively ● Absolutely sure that the college is the first choice ● Meets or exceeds the admission profile for college ● Consistent academic record of success
  33. 33. What’s the true cost of college? Scholarships ● Local to national ● School specific ● Follows application season 8. Next level strategy - Scholarships and financial aid Don’t let the price tag of a great education ever deter you Financial aid ● FAFSA ● CSS profile ● Follows calendar year (Jan to Dec of junior / senior yr) Aid: Need-based Admissions: Need-blind
  34. 34. ● Go with your gut ● Does it feel like home- visiting is imperative ● Campus life ● Long range goals ● Location, weather, school size, cost 9. The final decision Choice: a good problem to have
  35. 35. What does success look like?
  36. 36. Even professional athletes need coaches.
  37. 37. Each bullet point is a full presentation on its own.
  38. 38. Success is within reach. YOU CAN DO THIS.
  39. 39. Who’s Guiding Your Child to College? ● College Admissions Advisors - former teachers, counselors, college admissions staff, professors ● Work 1-on-1 with your expert advisor the ENTIRE journey ● Complete guidance from finding passion to acceptance ● Expanding the opportunities while giving peace of mind ● Finding the best fit for your child ● Start now!
  40. 40. Questions?

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