College Admission Is Changing
Remember theGood Old Days?
No Need to Worry About  Choices, Deadlines,    Financial Aid or      Scholarships
Not What You asParents Experienced
Not What Your Last Child Experienced
It’s MoreComplicated…
Stressful…
And Rewarding
What to do??
Tip 1: Start Saving.       Today.      Really.Talk with your child    about cost.      Really.
It’s Will Cost More Than You Think!
Really                      Public In-State   Public Out-of-State       Private 4 years starting                       (Wi...
2009-2010          2010-2011          2011-2012   College         Tuition Increase   Tuition Increase   Tuition Increase  ...
Tip 2: Challenging Courses Matter• Demonstrates academic  commitment• Best predictor of  college success
Tip 3: Focus Those Extracurricular Activities
Depth of Involvement Matters
Tip 4: SAT or ACT or Neither…. It Depends
Admission Test Popularity
They are Completely Different Tests
When to Take Them?• SAT - After Geometry and Algebra 2• ACT – After Algebra 3/Pre-Cal  and some Chemistry• SAT Subject Tes...
SAT Superscoring• Almost all colleges superscore the SAT.
ACT Superscoring     Johns Scores    September      December   Superscore        English          26             27       ...
850 Colleges Do Not Require Admissions Tests
Test Optional CollegesAgnes Scott College (GA)                     Gettysburg College (PA)American University (DC)        ...
Tip 5: Remember the Lottery Scholarships
Hope Scholarship• Cumulative 3.0 GPA at  graduation• $2,800 for first year only• 3.0 in first year then LIFE• In-state sch...
LIFE Scholarship• Must have two of these three:  – Overall 3.0 at graduation  – 1100 SAT or 24 ACT  – Rank in top 30% of c...
LIFE Scholarship•   $5,000 per year•   $7,500 in enhanced program•   Complete 30 sem hrs with 3.0•   In state schools only
Palmetto Fellows   Scholarship
Top 6% Route• Top 6% in 10th , 11th or 12th• 1200 SAT (CR + M) or 27 ACT• Early and late rounds
4.0 GPA Route• Overall 4.0 end of 11th or 12th• 1400 SAT (CR + M) or 32 ACT• Early and late rounds
Award Amount• $6,700 freshman year• $7,500 sophomore and beyond• $10,000/year with enhanced award• Complete 30 sem hrs wit...
SC Lottery Scholarship Retention   College Sophomores: 2010    LIFE Scholarship                    48.6%   Palmetto Fellow...
Tip 6: Start Your Colleges Research Sooner
Tip 7: Ignore the Popular Rankings
Tip 8: Study the College        Website    •   Admissions    •   Financial Aid    •   Specific Departments    •   Academics
Tip 9: Look for Colleges That Pay     (Offer Strong Merit Aid)
Not All Colleges Give Merit Aid
Colleges That Award No Merit Aid   •   Harvard University   •   Princeton University   •   Yale   •   Columbia University ...
Colleges With Strong Merit Aid                                              % of Freshman             Average Merit       ...
Colleges With Strong Merit Aid                                              % of Freshman            Average Merit        ...
Merit Aid For Freshman With No Need                                     Average Merit     % of Freshman With         Colle...
Tip 10: Find colleges that fit.
Tip 11. Know your reasons  for choosing a college.
Tip 12: DemonstratedInterest Matters
College Consultants of South Carolina, LLC          @CCofSC        Dr. Jim Overton
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College Admission Is Changing

  1. 1. College Admission Is Changing
  2. 2. Remember theGood Old Days?
  3. 3. No Need to Worry About Choices, Deadlines, Financial Aid or Scholarships
  4. 4. Not What You asParents Experienced
  5. 5. Not What Your Last Child Experienced
  6. 6. It’s MoreComplicated…
  7. 7. Stressful…
  8. 8. And Rewarding
  9. 9. What to do??
  10. 10. Tip 1: Start Saving. Today. Really.Talk with your child about cost. Really.
  11. 11. It’s Will Cost More Than You Think!
  12. 12. Really Public In-State Public Out-of-State Private 4 years starting (Winthrop) (North Carolina St) (Georgetown) 2012 - 2013(College Freshman) $102,693 $135,238 $251,2882013 - 2014 (12th) $107,828 $142,001 $263,8532014 - 2015 ( 11th) $113,219 $149,101 $277,0462015 - 2016 (10th) $118,880 $156,556 $290,8982016 - 2017 (9th) $124,824 $164,384 $305,4432017 - 2018 (8th) $131,065 $172,603 $320,715
  13. 13. 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 College Tuition Increase Tuition Increase Tuition Increase Clemson 4.50% 7.50% 3.80%Coastal Carolina 3.50% 4.90% 4.58%Coll. Charleston 6.00% 14.75% 0.00%Francis Marion 3.60% 6.50% 3.80% Lander 8.50% 4.50% 3.90% S.C. State 8.40% 5.70% 4.05% The Citadel 3.60% 13.00% 3.50% USC Aiken 4.90% 6.00% 3.90% USC Beaufort 3.60% 9.50% 3.90% USC Columbia 3.60% 6.90% 3.90% USC Upstate 3.60% 5.00% 3.90% Winthrop 4.00% 5.00% 3.90%
  14. 14. Tip 2: Challenging Courses Matter• Demonstrates academic commitment• Best predictor of college success
  15. 15. Tip 3: Focus Those Extracurricular Activities
  16. 16. Depth of Involvement Matters
  17. 17. Tip 4: SAT or ACT or Neither…. It Depends
  18. 18. Admission Test Popularity
  19. 19. They are Completely Different Tests
  20. 20. When to Take Them?• SAT - After Geometry and Algebra 2• ACT – After Algebra 3/Pre-Cal and some Chemistry• SAT Subject Tests (When required) – May or June after AP/IB exams – Semester after Honors level course
  21. 21. SAT Superscoring• Almost all colleges superscore the SAT.
  22. 22. ACT Superscoring Johns Scores September December Superscore English 26 27 27 Math 24 23 24 Reading 27 27 27 Science 23 24 24 Composite 25 25 26 Total 100 100 102• 100 colleges superscore the ACT.• A few colleges super superscore across both SAT and ACT (Ga Tech)
  23. 23. 850 Colleges Do Not Require Admissions Tests
  24. 24. Test Optional CollegesAgnes Scott College (GA) Gettysburg College (PA)American University (DC) Guilford College (NC)Art Institute of Atlanta Juniata College (PA)Bard College (NY) Lawrence University (WI)Bates College (ME) Muhlenberg College (PA)Bowdoin College (ME) Providence College (RI)Clark University (MA) Rollins College (FL)Colorado College Seton Hall University (PA)Columbia College (IL) Smith College (MA)Connecticut College Susquehanna University (PA)Denison University (OH) University of ArizonaDickenson College (PA) University of MemphisFranklin and Marshall (PA) University of MississippiFurman University Wake Forest UniversityGeorge Mason University (VA) Wheaton College (MA) http://www.fairtest.org/university/optional
  25. 25. Tip 5: Remember the Lottery Scholarships
  26. 26. Hope Scholarship• Cumulative 3.0 GPA at graduation• $2,800 for first year only• 3.0 in first year then LIFE• In-state schools only• 2-year schools free tuition
  27. 27. LIFE Scholarship• Must have two of these three: – Overall 3.0 at graduation – 1100 SAT or 24 ACT – Rank in top 30% of class
  28. 28. LIFE Scholarship• $5,000 per year• $7,500 in enhanced program• Complete 30 sem hrs with 3.0• In state schools only
  29. 29. Palmetto Fellows Scholarship
  30. 30. Top 6% Route• Top 6% in 10th , 11th or 12th• 1200 SAT (CR + M) or 27 ACT• Early and late rounds
  31. 31. 4.0 GPA Route• Overall 4.0 end of 11th or 12th• 1400 SAT (CR + M) or 32 ACT• Early and late rounds
  32. 32. Award Amount• $6,700 freshman year• $7,500 sophomore and beyond• $10,000/year with enhanced award• Complete 30 sem hrs with 3.0• In state schools only
  33. 33. SC Lottery Scholarship Retention College Sophomores: 2010 LIFE Scholarship 48.6% Palmetto Fellows 88.5% SC Commission on Higher Education
  34. 34. Tip 6: Start Your Colleges Research Sooner
  35. 35. Tip 7: Ignore the Popular Rankings
  36. 36. Tip 8: Study the College Website • Admissions • Financial Aid • Specific Departments • Academics
  37. 37. Tip 9: Look for Colleges That Pay (Offer Strong Merit Aid)
  38. 38. Not All Colleges Give Merit Aid
  39. 39. Colleges That Award No Merit Aid • Harvard University • Princeton University • Yale • Columbia University • MIT • Stanford University • University of Pennsylvania • Cal Tech • Dartmouth • Brown • Cornell University
  40. 40. Colleges With Strong Merit Aid % of Freshman Average Merit College Receiving Merit Aid Aid Award American University 15% $14,768 Auburn University 24% $5,748 Baylor University 34% $12,943 Berry College (GA) 25% $10,654 Birmingham-Southern 35% $9,354 Bryn Mawr (PA) 20% $11,311 Clark University (MA 32% $14,305 Colby-Sawyer (NH) 88% $17,565 Colorado School of Mines 33% $6,388 Duquesne University (PA) 25% $11,881 Elon University (NC) 18% $10,680 Juniata College (PA) 29% $15,718 Lawrence University (WI) 31% $11,914 Marquette Univ. (WI) 36% $9,953http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/07/08/education/edlife/8edlife_chart.html?_r=1&
  41. 41. Colleges With Strong Merit Aid % of Freshman Average Merit College Receiving Merit Aid Aid Award McDaniel College (MD) 20% $17,922 Mississippi College 56% $8,858 Muhlenberg College (PA) 34% $11,335 Oglethorpe University (GA) 18% $16,715 Queens University (NC) 26% $10,717 Rensselaer Poly. Inst. (NY) 25% $14,978 Rhodes College (TN) 38% $15,330 Rollins College (FL) 25% $18,292 Southern Methodist Univ. (TX) 34% $17,268 Truman State University (MO) 41% $5,354 University of Tulsa (OK) 37% $14,321 University of Vermont 24% $4,063 Wingate University (NC) 51% $11,033 Xavier University (OH) 32% $13,484http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/07/08/education/edlife/8edlife_chart.html?_r=1&
  42. 42. Merit Aid For Freshman With No Need Average Merit % of Freshman With College Tuition Aid for Student No Need Who With No Need Receive Merit Aid Harvard University $34,979 $0 0.0% Princeton University $37,000 $0 0.0% Clemson University $12,688 $2,342 2.7% Duke University $40,655 $21,158 3.0% Univ. South Carolina $9,768 $5,422 3.0% Stanford University $40,050 $3,755 4.0% Wofford College $33,190 $14,184 24.0% Agnes Scott (GA) $31,980 $19,727 25.0% Sewanee (TN) $33,020 $14,036 29.0% Furman University $39,200 $18,012 35.6% Trinity University (TX) $31,176 $13,324 37.4%College of Wooster (OH) $38,000 $20,220 38.0% Hendrix College (AR) $33,930 $17,466 41.0%Denison University (OH) $39,330 $15,723 43.0%
  43. 43. Tip 10: Find colleges that fit.
  44. 44. Tip 11. Know your reasons for choosing a college.
  45. 45. Tip 12: DemonstratedInterest Matters
  46. 46. College Consultants of South Carolina, LLC @CCofSC Dr. Jim Overton

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