Some Deciding Factors...1. Rate how important a schools geographic location is to you: ♣! close to home? in Cincinnati? As far away as possible?2. Which geographic regions appeal to you when looking for a school?3. What settings appeal to you when looking for colleges? ♣! Big city or Small city ♣! Big college town or Small college town ♣! Urban setting or Rural setting4. Which college size (# of undergrads) appeals to you? You may like more than one. Thomas More: 1,700 / Mount St. Joseph: 2,100 Xavier: 4,300 Dayton: 7,700 Miami University: 14,900 NKU: 19.900 UC: 22,500 OSU: 42,000 (56,000 overall!)
Some Deciding Factors...✴ Single-sex or Coed?✴ A religious afﬁliation or population that is important to you?✴ An academically-demanding environment, or low-stress?✴ Do your personal or career interests require specialized facilities?✴ Is a strong creative arts program important to you?✴ Are you interested in a particular athletic program?✴ Are you interested in joining a sorority/Greek life?✴ Are you interested in an off-campus internships or research?✴ Do you want to study abroad? If so, where?✴ Are college costs of great concern to you and/or your family?
How to Evaluate CollegesWhere to go? ... Spend time thinking about the "must-haves" of a college...links on BBCheck that state schools four-year graduation rate before choosing it overa private school for ﬁnancial reasons.Contact someone from your high school whos currently attending thecollegeCheck out freshman retention rate (it should be 93% or better) and thealumni giving rate (which should be around 60%). These both reﬂect how studentsfeel about the school.You should ﬁnd out all you can about the campus crime statistics.Scoping the digs... This is where you will be living for at least four years. Is thefood edible? Does the school guarantee housing? How are the dorms? Are thebathrooms clean? If you dont think youd be able to live there, you probablyshouldnt try. This is why campus visits are so important.
Campus Visits ✴ ADMISSION OFFICERS... discuss schools requirements, deadlines, ﬁnancial aid programs, your qualiﬁcations ✴ FACULTY in the appropriate department... ask them about the course requirements, graduation rates of their students, and internship opportunities. ✴ COACHING STAFF if youre participating in sports or considering an athletic scholarship. Find out about the practice schedule, the amount of travel required, the GPA requirements, etc. ✴ STUDENTS. If youre visiting during the summer, they may be hard to ﬁnd. Try the library, the student union, the gym, and other public spaces. Are they friendly? Interesting? Are they people you’d feel comfortable around?Other things to look for✴The Dorms: Would I be comfortable living here?✴Popular Classes: Are the classes too large (i.e., easy to get into) or too small?✴Academic/Administrative Ofﬁces: Are they friendly? Eager to answer questions?✴Student Union: Is it bustling with activity? Do students seem happy?✴Library: Are the students studying or socializing? Would I be able to study here?✴Career Center: Are there sufﬁcient—and interesting—jobs posted? Are there employment opportunities for both students (part-time) and grads (full-time)?
Costs to Consider...• DIRECT COSTS • tuition • fees (labs, supplies, activities, etc ) • books and supplies• INDIRECT COSTS • dorm/rooming/apartment • board / meal plan • daily transportation • travel expenses • personal expenses (laundry, fun!) • medical, dental, emergency monies
So How Many??? Narrow down list to 3-6 schools to apply to one or two "dream" schools (colleges you wouldlove to attend, it might be tough to get into but you aspireto go there) three or four "match" colleges (schools whichseem to be a good ﬁt for your academic proﬁle, and arelikely to admit you) one or two "safety" colleges, colleges you believeare quite likely to get accepted somewhat easily.
What Factors Most? Many SMALL, SELECTIVE SCHOOLS pay greater attention topersonal statements and essays, teacher and counselorrecommendations, leadership experiences, and the individual talents ofapplicants. They typically offer the chance for a face-to-face interview. LARGE, PUBLIC, STATE SCHOOLS systems often use amathematical formula based on a students grade point average (GPA) andscores on the SAT or ACT. They tend to favor in-state applicants.Regardless of the colleges evaluation system, you shouldpresent a well-rounded picture of your skills, experience andpersonal traits. Applications should highlight your ability tosucceed at each particular institution, and what you cancontribute to student life on campus.
TRANSCRIPTS (Classroom Grades) A students grades in college-prep classes remain the most signiﬁcant factor in college admission decisions.Highly selective colleges look for students who: • Complete core academic requirements • Challenging course load, even though they may have slightly lower grades than theyd achieve in lower-level courses • Enroll in several college-prep courses and perform well • Take four years of a world language, showing evidence of academic discipline and challenge • Although stillasreviewedprivate andcolleges, class rankhave eliminated ranking signiﬁcance many by many religious schools has declined in
Test Scores (SAT/ACT)• Standardized test scores remain important at many colleges. Examinations such as the SAT Reasoning Test™ and SAT Subject Tests™, or the ACT, allow colleges to compare students from across the country.• Scholarships may be awarded if a certain score is achieved
Personal Statement/ Essay• Personal statements and essays are both a measure of writing ability and a window into each students background. Admissions ofﬁcers want to hear an original voice in the students own words. For a successful essay, get to the point quickly and personalize your writing through speciﬁc examples.
Activity List / Resume (Extra-Curriculars)Evidence of extracurricular activities is important to theadmissions process, and depth of involvement is moreimpressive than breadth. Students can achieve this if they... • Focus on a limited number of interests • Document long-term involvement with organizations • Highlight activities related to a major or career goal • Show leadership skills and ability
Recommendation LettersAt selective colleges, strong school support in the form ofrecommendations from counselors and faculty membershave become more important than ever. Theserecommendations should be highly speciﬁc, describingnot just each students love of learning, but the ways inwhich the students have demonstrated that they can • Add to the classroom experience • Challenge themselves • Attempt original projects
Additional Factors???Many schools set aside spaces for students who maynot meet traditional criteria but will add to the classdiversity. Geographic location, racial or ethnicbackground, extenuating or unusual life circumstances,and experience living or studying overseas may all beinﬂuential.Evidence also suggests that in some cases seeking earlydecision may also increase the chances of admission.
Dates to Keep in Mind...• November 1 or 15: early decision deadline• December 1: application deadline for special programs• January 1: FAFSA forms available• January 1 ~ February 1: general application deadline• May 1: admission decision made, conﬁrmation given
WHAT’S DUE FOR CLASS?• Throughout the quarter... ACTIVITY LIST• Throughout the quarter... COLLEGE ESSAY• DEADLINE: FRIDAY NOVEMBER 2 ONE FULLY-COMPLETED AND SUBMITTED nd... APPLICATION TO A COLLEGE APPROPRIATE TO YOUR SKILLS • In order to receiveof yourIapplicationthe CONFIRMATION credit, must see submissions (either email or webpage)