Brandon Seol, Patryk  Hanczewski,  Thomas Wang, Enzo Woo  Semiahmoo Secondary School May 27 th , 2010
Table of Content <ul><li>UK Universities </li></ul><ul><li>Canadian Universities </li></ul><ul><li>Canadian Scholarships <...
By Patryk  Hanczewski & Enzo Woo Admitted to (Patryk) –  Cambridge University (attending/ Linguistics), University College...
UCAS – University & Colleges Admissions Service <ul><li>www.ucas.co.uk   All UK university applications are done through t...
Where to  S tart? <ul><li>Choosing a university or college </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research according to your criteria </li>...
Course Requirements <ul><li>For IB Diploma </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cambridge & Oxford typically require 39-41 points (mostly...
When to  A pply – Three  I mportant  D ates <ul><li>15 th  of October </li></ul><ul><ul><li>F or all medicine, dentistry, ...
How to  A pply <ul><li>Registration through UCAS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal details </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Univers...
Personal Statement <ul><li>One personal statement for ALL courses chosen </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Try to find common themes w...
Reference <ul><li>Only one reference required for all course choices </li></ul><ul><li>Should be written by a teacher that...
Cost of  A pplying <ul><li>£ 9 (~13 CAD) if applying to just one course at one university or college </li></ul><ul><li>£19...
What happens next? <ul><li>UCAS processes your application </li></ul><ul><li>UCAS sends you a welcome letter by mail confi...
Types of Offers <ul><li>Conditional offers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>University will offer a place if certain conditions are m...
Interviews <ul><li>Can get an international interview </li></ul><ul><li>Apply by 23 rd  of September if you do not want to...
Replying to Offers <ul><li>Have to narrow down university and college choices </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1 firm acceptance </li...
Applying to Cambridge & Oxford <ul><li>Again, choose one or the other, never both </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Early deadline for...
Additional Information <ul><li>www.thestudentroom.co.uk </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Forums about universities, courses, accomoda...
By Thomas Wang & Enzo Woo Admitted to (Thomas) –  Washington University in St.Louis (attending/ biochemistry), Tufts Unive...
Deadlines <ul><li>Late February/ Early March but subject to change </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware of “special programs” – rese...
Fields <ul><li>1. Find what you are interested in – rankings don’t mean much if your top choice of university is mediocre ...
Method of Application <ul><li>OUAC (Ontario Universities’ Application Center) </li></ul><ul><li>Separate application for d...
By Enzo Woo (recipient of several entrance scholarships, district scholarships)
Major scholarships <ul><li>Loran scholarship   </li></ul><ul><li>TD Canada Trust scholarship </li></ul><ul><li>Major Entra...
Loran scholarship <ul><li>Deadline:  October 20 (This is for 2009 and is not updated yet) </li></ul><ul><li>Levels:   </li...
<ul><li>Eligibility Criteria </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be in the graduating year of uninterrupted full-time studies in high sc...
TD Canada Trust scholarship <ul><li>Deadline:  October 31 </li></ul><ul><li>Levels </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Each scholarship ...
<ul><li>How to apply:  online application </li></ul><ul><li>Eligibility Criteria </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Are in their final ...
Entrance Scholarships <ul><li>automatic or separate application </li></ul><ul><li>Many schools offer this (ex. UBC, McGill...
By Brandon Seol Admitted to-  Swarthmore College (attending/ Economics & Political Science), Cornell University, Johns Hop...
Which schools should I apply to? <ul><li>What type of school do you want? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Universities or Liberal Ar...
What is a University? <ul><li>National universities are usually more known in both America and the international community...
What is a University? <ul><li>National universities have a tremendous amounts of money to put into research </li></ul><ul>...
What is a Liberal Arts College? <ul><li>A liberal arts college is one with a primary emphasis on undergraduate study in th...
Are Liberal Arts Colleges right for me? <ul><li>Liberal arts colleges focus on undergraduate education </li></ul><ul><li>S...
Are Liberal Arts Colleges right for me? <ul><li>Liberal arts colleges also do research, but their smaller budgets make it ...
SAT Reasoning / SAT Subjects <ul><li>Testing opportunities: May, June, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan. </li></ul><ul><li>When to take ...
Extracurricular Activities / Awards <ul><li>About depth not breadth </li></ul><ul><li>Quality over Quantity </li></ul><ul>...
Recommendations <ul><li>Ask ahead of time!!!  (3 weeks recommended)  </li></ul><ul><li>Ask teachers that know different as...
Essays <ul><li>THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF YOUR APPLICATION </li></ul><ul><li>Start thinking now!  Find a book with sample ...
Essays (Why……?) <ul><li>As you start the application process, you will realize that most schools require supplemental essa...
Essays – Mrs. Porpaczy <ul><li>Essays should show who you are and what you can bring to a university in a creative way. </...
When do I apply? <ul><li>Early Decision / Early Action </li></ul><ul><li>Early Decision II </li></ul><ul><li>Regular Decis...
Early Decision / Early Action <ul><li>Early Decision – binding commitment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You can apply to other non...
Early Decision II <ul><li>Binding commitment – must attend if accepted </li></ul><ul><li>Application deadline; Jan. 1 st  ...
Regular Decision <ul><li>Some schools only have regular decision </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. Harvard, Princeton, University...
Financial Aid <ul><li>Mostly need-based </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not awarded based on the quality of the applicant but how mu...
Financial Aid <ul><li>Public universities generally do not give financial aid (ex. UC Berkeley, University of Michigan) </...
<ul><li>CSS profile:  https://profileonline.collegeboard.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Much easier to fill out and send to col...
Financial Aid - Documents <ul><li>IDOC (Institutional Documentation Service):  https://idoc.collegeboard.com/idoc/index.js...
<ul><li>Leave your choices open for Canadian Universities!!! </li></ul>
MOST IMPORTANTLY <ul><li>Believe in yourself and  </li></ul><ul><li>APPLY SHAMELESSLY FOR EVERYTHING </li></ul>
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  1. 1. Brandon Seol, Patryk Hanczewski, Thomas Wang, Enzo Woo Semiahmoo Secondary School May 27 th , 2010
  2. 2. Table of Content <ul><li>UK Universities </li></ul><ul><li>Canadian Universities </li></ul><ul><li>Canadian Scholarships </li></ul><ul><li>American Universities </li></ul>
  3. 3. By Patryk Hanczewski & Enzo Woo Admitted to (Patryk) – Cambridge University (attending/ Linguistics), University College London, University of Manchester, University of Edinburgh, Bristol University, McGill University Admitted to (Enzo) – London School of Economics (Anthropology/Law)
  4. 4. UCAS – University & Colleges Admissions Service <ul><li>www.ucas.co.uk All UK university applications are done through this site </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You can apply as individual (no buzzword required) or part of the school’s UCAS number 46042. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A more detailed overview of the application process: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.ucas.co.uk -> Apply -> Apply – guided tour </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Everything you need is on this site! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Where to S tart? <ul><li>Choosing a university or college </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research according to your criteria </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Choosing a course </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Undergraduate courses are chosen directly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. Chemical Engineering, English, Medicine </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Typically 3-year courses (medicine is 6-year), and you specialize into your field </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check entry requirements </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Course Requirements <ul><li>For IB Diploma </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cambridge & Oxford typically require 39-41 points (mostly 7’s and 6’s in Higher Level subjects) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other good universities usually require 34+ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Exams, e.g. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>BMAT for medicine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thinking Skills Assessment (Oxbridge, UCL & others) for certain courses </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Supplemental/previously written work </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For some courses, may need to send an essay from high school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>May need to answer some questions about the subject (generally not more than 500 words) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not like the essays demanded by American universities </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. When to A pply – Three I mportant D ates <ul><li>15 th of October </li></ul><ul><ul><li>F or all medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and veterinary science courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>F or all courses at Oxford and Cambridge </li></ul></ul><ul><li>15 th of January </li></ul><ul><ul><li>F or all courses other than those listed above , except for... </li></ul></ul><ul><li>24 th of March </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For applications of certain art and design courses </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. How to A pply <ul><li>Registration through UCAS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal details </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University & course choices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Up to total of 5 choices (e.g. 5 universities or multiple courses at one university) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cannot choose Cambridge & Oxford in the same year (they are mutually exclusive  ) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Employment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Not as heavily emphasized as with North American universities (you can leave this section blank) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal statement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reference </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost of applying </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Personal Statement <ul><li>One personal statement for ALL courses chosen </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Try to find common themes when writing about your chosen courses if they are very different </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not mention universities and colleges by name </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How to write it can be found, as everything, on the UCAS site </li></ul></ul><ul><li>47 lines/4000 characters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tell universities and colleges about suitability for courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment i.e. why you stand out from the crowd </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mention personal interests and hobbies and link them to your chosen courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Generally the most crucial aspect of your application (besides grades) </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Reference <ul><li>Only one reference required for all course choices </li></ul><ul><li>Should be written by a teacher that can write about you and your suitability for the course(s) </li></ul><ul><li>After receiving it from your referee, type it into the field on UCAS yourself </li></ul>
  11. 11. Cost of A pplying <ul><li>£ 9 (~13 CAD) if applying to just one course at one university or college </li></ul><ul><li>£19 (~28 CAD) if applying to more than one course, university or college </li></ul>
  12. 12. What happens next? <ul><li>UCAS processes your application </li></ul><ul><li>UCAS sends you a welcome letter by mail confirming your personal details and choices </li></ul><ul><li>Chosen universities and colleges can view your application </li></ul><ul><li>Universities and colleges decide whether to make you an offer or not </li></ul><ul><li>You can track your progress on the UCAS site </li></ul>
  13. 13. Types of Offers <ul><li>Conditional offers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>University will offer a place if certain conditions are met, usually based on exams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Most common </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Must meet conditions by 31 st of August </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Unconditional offers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Typically after you and your university and college choices know your test results </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Unsuccessful application </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can try again next year </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Interviews <ul><li>Can get an international interview </li></ul><ul><li>Apply by 23 rd of September if you do not want to travel to England for interview (usually in December) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Everything on UCAS must be done -> reference, personal statement etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>May apply for phone interview/email for a phone interview </li></ul><ul><li>Looks for your knowledge in your chosen field </li></ul><ul><li>Interview sample questions available onlin e </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. excellent mock interview clips on Cambridge site </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Replying to Offers <ul><li>Have to narrow down university and college choices </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1 firm acceptance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 insurance acceptance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decline all others </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Must reply before the deadline! </li></ul>
  16. 16. Applying to Cambridge & Oxford <ul><li>Again, choose one or the other, never both </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Early deadline for all courses: 15 th of October </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Choose the course you are interested in first </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Need to send an independent overseas application form (Cambridge) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Deadline 15 th of October </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Then choose the college you would like to live in </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The college is the “home” at the university </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides educational support (computers, welfare, library etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Entertainment, clubs, sports and other resources </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Check YouTube for informational clips on Cambridge </li></ul>
  17. 17. Additional Information <ul><li>www.thestudentroom.co.uk </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Forums about universities, courses, accomodation, tuition fees and student life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Worth visiting </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. By Thomas Wang & Enzo Woo Admitted to (Thomas) – Washington University in St.Louis (attending/ biochemistry), Tufts University (biomedical engineering), University of British Columbia (sciences) Admitted to (Enzo) – Queen’s University (attending/commerce), University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, University of Western Ontario (all commerce)
  19. 19. Deadlines <ul><li>Late February/ Early March but subject to change </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware of “special programs” – research what the universities have to offer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Supplements may have separate deadlines </li></ul></ul>YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORRY YET
  20. 20. Fields <ul><li>1. Find what you are interested in – rankings don’t mean much if your top choice of university is mediocre with the program you desire </li></ul><ul><li>Arts/humanities/politics </li></ul><ul><li>Business </li></ul><ul><li>Engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Science </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-professional (med, law, dentistry) </li></ul>For Canadian school rankings: http://oncampus.macleans.ca/education/rankings/
  21. 21. Method of Application <ul><li>OUAC (Ontario Universities’ Application Center) </li></ul><ul><li>Separate application for different universities </li></ul><ul><li>Supplemental packages for different programs </li></ul><ul><li>Internet vs. Download Application form </li></ul><ul><li>Self-reporting (ex. UBC) </li></ul><ul><li>SEND TRANSCRIPTS EARLY </li></ul><ul><li>Decide which schools you are going to apply FINISH YOUR APPLICATIONS EARLY </li></ul>
  22. 22. By Enzo Woo (recipient of several entrance scholarships, district scholarships)
  23. 23. Major scholarships <ul><li>Loran scholarship </li></ul><ul><li>TD Canada Trust scholarship </li></ul><ul><li>Major Entrance Scholarships </li></ul>
  24. 24. Loran scholarship <ul><li>Deadline: October 20 (This is for 2009 and is not updated yet) </li></ul><ul><li>Levels: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Loran Award (up to 30 available, 15 of which are Weston Loran Awards; $75,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Loran Finalist Award ($3,000 one time award, 42 available </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Loran Provincial Award ($2,000 one time award, 40 available) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lots of honourable mentions with no cash T_T </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How to apply </li></ul><ul><ul><li>School sponsorship- 3 students per school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Direct pool- unlimited </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. <ul><li>Eligibility Criteria </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be in the graduating year of uninterrupted full-time studies in high school. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>minimum cumulative average of 85% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hold Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Planning to attend an accredited, Canadian public university </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Selection Criteria </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Character, service and leadership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>strong moral character who have demonstrated academic excellence and potential as leaders. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They are curious by nature, interested in a wide range of subjects and willing to take meaningful risks. </li></ul></ul>Loran scholarship
  26. 26. TD Canada Trust scholarship <ul><li>Deadline: October 31 </li></ul><ul><li>Levels </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Each scholarship is valued at up to $70,000 and includes – </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Up to $10,000 for tuition per year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$7,500 a year toward living expenses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>20 in total </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An offer of paid summer employment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mentorship Opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Invitations to annual gatherings, networking opportunities and events </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. <ul><li>How to apply: online application </li></ul><ul><li>Eligibility Criteria </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Are in their final year of high school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Obtain a minimum overall average in their most recently completed full year of school of 75% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Must be Canadian citizen or permanent resident and will attend an approved Canadian college or university </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Selection Criteria </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strong character </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outstanding community leadership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Financial status </li></ul></ul>TD Canada Trust scholarship
  28. 28. Entrance Scholarships <ul><li>automatic or separate application </li></ul><ul><li>Many schools offer this (ex. UBC, McGill, U of Toronto, Victoria, SFU, Queens, Waterloo) </li></ul><ul><li>Awards range from a few thousand dollars to full tuition costs for 4 years </li></ul><ul><li>Highly competitive </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarships often have their own deadlines and requirements (ex. School nominations) </li></ul>
  29. 29. By Brandon Seol Admitted to- Swarthmore College (attending/ Economics & Political Science), Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University (BME program), UC Berkeley, Williams College, Middlebury College, Rice University, University of Michigan, UBC
  30. 30. Which schools should I apply to? <ul><li>What type of school do you want? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Universities or Liberal Arts Colleges? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What field do you want to study? </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to people attending the universities / people who have applied to the universities </li></ul><ul><li>School visits / college fairs </li></ul><ul><li>University websites </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Online chat rooms, request view books, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.youniversitytv.com (on-line tour) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges (rankings) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  31. 31. What is a University? <ul><li>National universities are usually more known in both America and the international community. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ex. Harvard, M.I.T, Cornell, UC Berkeley </li></ul></ul><ul><li>National universities greatly focus on research, which leads to publications, increasing their reputation. </li></ul><ul><li>Universities usually have large sports programs, which also increases their visibility to the public. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ex. Duke (basket ball) , Cornell (Hockey) </li></ul></ul>
  32. 32. What is a University? <ul><li>National universities have a tremendous amounts of money to put into research </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More beneficial to engineering and pure science students. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>They tend to be larger in size, which means they have a larger alumni base who can donate more money to the school in later years. </li></ul>
  33. 33. What is a Liberal Arts College? <ul><li>A liberal arts college is one with a primary emphasis on undergraduate study in the liberal arts. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Top LACs (Williams, Swarthmore, Amherst) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Liberal arts&quot; refers to studies that provide general knowledge and intellectual skills instead of more specialized artistic, occupational, or scientific skills. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Liberal arts colleges, even the top ones, such as Amherst and Swarthmore, are usually not as well known as other schools such as Harvard, Yale, and Princeton in the international community. </li></ul>
  34. 34. Are Liberal Arts Colleges right for me? <ul><li>Liberal arts colleges focus on undergraduate education </li></ul><ul><li>Smaller class sizes with professors who can provide more attention to their students. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ex. Amherst= 1,697 students, Cornell = 13,931 students </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If you intend to go to graduate school after graduation, then it is definitely an option. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ex. 90% of Swarthmore alumni who attend graduate or professional schools earn graduate degrees at University of Chicago Harvard, MIT, Columbia, NYU, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Stanford, and Yale. </li></ul></ul>
  35. 35. Are Liberal Arts Colleges right for me? <ul><li>Liberal arts colleges also do research, but their smaller budgets make it harder for them to compete with research at national universities. </li></ul>
  36. 36. SAT Reasoning / SAT Subjects <ul><li>Testing opportunities: May, June, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan. </li></ul><ul><li>When to take them? </li></ul><ul><li>How Do I prepare? </li></ul><ul><li>Which subjects should I take? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How many do I need to take? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Most schools require two </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Schools that require (suggest) three; Harvard and Georgetown </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Many State schools make it optional </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Our school code for College Board is 821805 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  37. 37. Extracurricular Activities / Awards <ul><li>About depth not breadth </li></ul><ul><li>Quality over Quantity </li></ul><ul><li>Show leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Relate them to your areas of interest </li></ul><ul><li>Make them show in other areas of your application </li></ul>
  38. 38. Recommendations <ul><li>Ask ahead of time!!! (3 weeks recommended) </li></ul><ul><li>Ask teachers that know different aspects about you </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a letter politely asking for a reference, when it is due and how it needs to be submitted (To you, online, in a sealed and signed envelope, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a resume with your request </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a thank you card afterwards </li></ul><ul><li>Additional Recommendations </li></ul>
  39. 39. Essays <ul><li>THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF YOUR APPLICATION </li></ul><ul><li>Start thinking now! Find a book with sample entrance essays </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid clichés </li></ul><ul><li>Do not have to be about grand topics </li></ul><ul><li>Do not focus on talking about your achievements; talk about what you learned and experienced </li></ul><ul><li>School-specific topics – think about what the school is looking for </li></ul>
  40. 40. Essays (Why……?) <ul><li>As you start the application process, you will realize that most schools require supplemental essays with the personal statement. </li></ul><ul><li>Most of these essays are similar because most of them ask you why you want to attend their institute. </li></ul><ul><li>It is very important for you to show them that you are a perfect “fit” to their university community and to tell them what you can do for the university community. </li></ul>
  41. 41. Essays – Mrs. Porpaczy <ul><li>Essays should show who you are and what you can bring to a university in a creative way. </li></ul><ul><li>Read lots of sample essays from books like Harvard’s 50 Accepted Essays </li></ul><ul><li>As a university entrance essay writer, you need to be particularly aware of your audience. </li></ul><ul><li>You should avoid anything that may sound mundane like Twitter commentary, or is too grandiose or spiritual. (Please note: Although you may be tempted to use it, believe it or not, taking IB is not a big enough challenge to use as an essay topic.) </li></ul>
  42. 42. When do I apply? <ul><li>Early Decision / Early Action </li></ul><ul><li>Early Decision II </li></ul><ul><li>Regular Decision </li></ul>
  43. 43. Early Decision / Early Action <ul><li>Early Decision – binding commitment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You can apply to other non-binding schools but must attend if accepted </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. Duke, Columbia, Cornell, Northwestern </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Non-restrictive Early Action </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not have to attend if accepted / can apply to as many as you wish </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. U Chicago, U Michigan, Notre Dame </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Single Choice Early Action </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not have to attend if accepted, but can only apply to one during the early round </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. Stanford, Yale </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Application Deadline; Oct. 1 – Nov 15 </li></ul><ul><li>Notified in mid-December </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Deferment </li></ul></ul>
  44. 44. Early Decision II <ul><li>Binding commitment – must attend if accepted </li></ul><ul><li>Application deadline; Jan. 1 st – Jan. 15 th </li></ul><ul><li>Notified mid February </li></ul><ul><li>e.g. Amherst, Swarthmore, Middlebury </li></ul><ul><li>Advantages of EDII? </li></ul>
  45. 45. Regular Decision <ul><li>Some schools only have regular decision </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. Harvard, Princeton, University of California, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Application deadline </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Most private universities / LACs: Jan 1 st – Jan 15 th </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many state schools have different deadlines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. UC’s – November 30 th </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Notified late March / early April </li></ul><ul><li>Rolling Admission </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Applications are reviewed as they are submitted </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The earlier you submit, the better chance of acceptance </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>E.g. University of Michigan </li></ul></ul></ul>
  46. 46. Financial Aid <ul><li>Mostly need-based </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not awarded based on the quality of the applicant but how much financial need they demonstrate </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Need-aware / need-blind admission </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Need-aware – the fact that you have applied for financial aid can affect your chances </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need-blind – whether you apply for financial aid or not does not affect your admission decision </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Universities practicing need-blind admission for Canadians </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Columbia, Princeton, Upenn </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Universities practicing need-blind admission for International students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Amherst, and MIT </li></ul></ul>
  47. 47. Financial Aid <ul><li>Public universities generally do not give financial aid (ex. UC Berkeley, University of Michigan) </li></ul><ul><li>Awards come in the form of grants, loans, and work-study </li></ul><ul><li>Some schools offer merit based aid (few with separate applications) (ex. WashU, USC, Rice) </li></ul><ul><li>Merit aid is same concept as Scholarship which is determined on the quality of applicants. </li></ul>
  48. 48. <ul><li>CSS profile: https://profileonline.collegeboard.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Much easier to fill out and send to colleges online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Way for university to determine how much “need” you require (EFC: Expected Family Contribution) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Items to fill out: Student and parents’ professions, assets, income, benefits, expenses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Usually due in February for regular decision, but recommended to start early </li></ul></ul><ul><li>FAFSA is only for US citizens </li></ul>Financial Aid - Documents
  49. 49. Financial Aid - Documents <ul><li>IDOC (Institutional Documentation Service): https://idoc.collegeboard.com/idoc/index.jsp </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mainly income tax return forms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will be warned by colleges that require it in February </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Due in beginning of March </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Many also require International Declaration of Finances </li></ul>THIS IS A LOT OF PAPERWORK, SO MAKE SURE TO START WELL BEFORE THE DEADLINE
  50. 50. <ul><li>Leave your choices open for Canadian Universities!!! </li></ul>
  51. 51. MOST IMPORTANTLY <ul><li>Believe in yourself and </li></ul><ul><li>APPLY SHAMELESSLY FOR EVERYTHING </li></ul>

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