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6 Things Students
Need to Know About
College Admissions
Lessa Scherrer
Your College, Your Way
How to stay on track
for college
• P l a n A h e a d
• S h o w L e a d e r s h i p
• F i n d t h e R i g h t
C o l l e g e...
Step 1
Plan Ahead
Ideally, college planning
should start in 8th grade.
• C o l l e g e p r e p c l a s s e s
• G PA
• Te s t i n g S c h e d...
Plan all 4 years
right away
Yo u ca n’ t ta ke ca lculus
s enior year unles s you
ta ke a lgebra in 9 t h gra de.
Plan your standardized testing
• A P o r I B
• A C T o r S AT o r b o t h
• P S AT / N M S Q T
• S AT I I S u b j e c t Te...
Your GPA is an
average of all
your grades
Senior year is
too late to try
to raise it.
Clean up your social media.
• # Tw i t t e r i s f o r e v e r
• O n l y p i c t u r e s t h a t s h o w
t h e f u t u r e...
Activities
Resume
http:// s choolbuff.com / Activities _Experiences_Record.pdf
Step 2
Show
leadership
You can be a leader inside and
outside the classroom
• C l a s s / C l u b O f f i c e r
• Vo l u n t e e r Wo r k
• Pa i ...
Intellectual
curiosity
Making
connections and
applying
knowledge
Step 3
Find the right
colleges
What you’ll need to think about
• S i z e , t y p e , l o c a t i o n
• Po s s i b l e m a j o r
• Te s t s c o r e s a n ...
Size and Type
Small liberal
arts college or
big state
research
university?
Location
Close to home or
far away?
Mountains? Beach?
Down South?
New England?
Test Scores and
Selectivity
Do your scores
and GPA match
their freshman
class?
The best ways to evaluate a
college’s culture
• V i s i t !
• S u m m e r c a m p o n
c a m p u s
• S i t i n o n c l a s ...
Cost
Is it a financial
match?
“Sometimes a
private college
can be cheaper
than a state
school.”
Paying for college
• S a v i n g s ( 5 2 9 p l a n )
• S c h o l a r s h i p s
• G ra n t s
• L o a n s
Step 4
Write a killer
essay
This is how Admissions gets to
know the real you
• S h o w y o u r p e r s o n a l i t y
• P i c k a t o p i c y o u a r e...
No matter what
the topic, the
subject is
always you.
Yo ur pa s s io n a nd
ex perience will ma ke
yo ur es s ay ea s ier to
write a nd to rea d.
Pick a topic you are
passiona...
Be specific and
show, don’t
tell.
The more detail
you provide,
the better your
story
Don’t wait until
the last minute
Good essays
require time for
revision
“Be yourself,
tell the truth,
and share
stories that the
people who
know you best
would say
reflect who
you are.”
Kevin Mc...
Step 5
Get good letters
of
recommendation
Ask for recommendations from
teachers who know you well.
• J unio r yr tea chers , no t
s r.
• Fo reign la ngua ge & a rts...
6 Weeks Notice
Teachers are busy
and sometimes
forgetful
Request
Package
Wr i t t e n r e q u e s t
B ra g s h e e t / l i n k
S A S E s o r e nv e l o p e s
S i x w e e k s n o t...
Send a thank
you note!
Handwritten is
better than
email.
Step 6
Stay organized
Use the tools most convenient
for you.
• M a s t e r c a l e n d a r
• H a r d c o p y f o r
v i s u a l / s p a t i a l
•...
Portfolio
Website
http ://Homeschool - Portfolio. weebly. com
ht t p:// www.ze e me e.com
ZeeMee Pre-
built Portfolio
Yo u ca n find mo re
info rma tio n o n a ll thes e
to pics o n my webs ite:
Thank you for coming!
www.YourCollegeYourWay....
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You've reached the end of your high school career and are ready to take the next step. What do you do now? And how do you have time to find the right college when you're already so busy? With the right preparation and a little on-going effort, you can sail through your senior year and into the college of your dreams. Students will learn how to:
find the right college for you, find out how much college will cost, get good letters of recommendation, write a killer application essay, and keep the application process from burying you, with tips and strategies to keep you sane!

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6 Things Students Need to Know About College Admissions

  1. 1. 6 Things Students Need to Know About College Admissions Lessa Scherrer Your College, Your Way
  2. 2. How to stay on track for college • P l a n A h e a d • S h o w L e a d e r s h i p • F i n d t h e R i g h t C o l l e g e s • Wr i t e a K i l l e r E s s a y • G e t G r e a t L e t t e r s o f Re c o m m e n d a t i o n • S t a y O r g a n i z e d
  3. 3. Step 1 Plan Ahead
  4. 4. Ideally, college planning should start in 8th grade. • C o l l e g e p r e p c l a s s e s • G PA • Te s t i n g S c h e d u l e • S o c i a l M e d i a • E x t ra c u r r i c u l a r s
  5. 5. Plan all 4 years right away Yo u ca n’ t ta ke ca lculus s enior year unles s you ta ke a lgebra in 9 t h gra de.
  6. 6. Plan your standardized testing • A P o r I B • A C T o r S AT o r b o t h • P S AT / N M S Q T • S AT I I S u b j e c t Te s t s • C L E P
  7. 7. Your GPA is an average of all your grades Senior year is too late to try to raise it.
  8. 8. Clean up your social media. • # Tw i t t e r i s f o r e v e r • O n l y p i c t u r e s t h a t s h o w t h e f u t u r e c o l l e g e s t u d e n t / j o b a p p l i c a n t • P r o f e s s i o n a l e m a i l a d d r e s s , n o t “ M c P i m p n @ g m a i l ”
  9. 9. Activities Resume http:// s choolbuff.com / Activities _Experiences_Record.pdf
  10. 10. Step 2 Show leadership
  11. 11. You can be a leader inside and outside the classroom • C l a s s / C l u b O f f i c e r • Vo l u n t e e r Wo r k • Pa i d Wo r k • I n t e l l e c t u a l c u r i o s i t y
  12. 12. Intellectual curiosity Making connections and applying knowledge
  13. 13. Step 3 Find the right colleges
  14. 14. What you’ll need to think about • S i z e , t y p e , l o c a t i o n • Po s s i b l e m a j o r • Te s t s c o r e s a n d s e l e c t i v i t y • C o s t
  15. 15. Size and Type Small liberal arts college or big state research university?
  16. 16. Location Close to home or far away? Mountains? Beach? Down South? New England?
  17. 17. Test Scores and Selectivity Do your scores and GPA match their freshman class?
  18. 18. The best ways to evaluate a college’s culture • V i s i t ! • S u m m e r c a m p o n c a m p u s • S i t i n o n c l a s s e s a n d / o r c o m m u n i c a t e w i t h p r o f e s s o r s
  19. 19. Cost Is it a financial match?
  20. 20. “Sometimes a private college can be cheaper than a state school.”
  21. 21. Paying for college • S a v i n g s ( 5 2 9 p l a n ) • S c h o l a r s h i p s • G ra n t s • L o a n s
  22. 22. Step 4 Write a killer essay
  23. 23. This is how Admissions gets to know the real you • S h o w y o u r p e r s o n a l i t y • P i c k a t o p i c y o u a r e p a s s i o n a t e a b o u t • D o n ’ t w a i t u n t i l t h e l a s t m i n u t e
  24. 24. No matter what the topic, the subject is always you.
  25. 25. Yo ur pa s s io n a nd ex perience will ma ke yo ur es s ay ea s ier to write a nd to rea d. Pick a topic you are passionate about
  26. 26. Be specific and show, don’t tell. The more detail you provide, the better your story
  27. 27. Don’t wait until the last minute Good essays require time for revision
  28. 28. “Be yourself, tell the truth, and share stories that the people who know you best would say reflect who you are.” Kevin McMullin, Collegewise
  29. 29. Step 5 Get good letters of recommendation
  30. 30. Ask for recommendations from teachers who know you well. • J unio r yr tea chers , no t s r. • Fo reign la ngua ge & a rts o r club s po ns o rs • B e prepared
  31. 31. 6 Weeks Notice Teachers are busy and sometimes forgetful
  32. 32. Request Package Wr i t t e n r e q u e s t B ra g s h e e t / l i n k S A S E s o r e nv e l o p e s S i x w e e k s n o t i c e
  33. 33. Send a thank you note! Handwritten is better than email.
  34. 34. Step 6 Stay organized
  35. 35. Use the tools most convenient for you. • M a s t e r c a l e n d a r • H a r d c o p y f o r v i s u a l / s p a t i a l • P h o n e a p p s / r e m i n d e r s • S e t a l a r m s o n t a s k l i s t • E x c e l o r Wo r d
  36. 36. Portfolio Website http ://Homeschool - Portfolio. weebly. com
  37. 37. ht t p:// www.ze e me e.com ZeeMee Pre- built Portfolio
  38. 38. Yo u ca n find mo re info rma tio n o n a ll thes e to pics o n my webs ite: Thank you for coming! www.YourCollegeYourWay.com

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