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  1. 1. Counselors Are Here To Help  Find the best fit scenario  Determine what a “good college” really means  Select “good” options that fit the student’s academic profile  Understanding of application requirements
  2. 2. Encourage Your Students To  Be Proactive  Get Organized  Communicate Well  Be an Expert  Stay Positive  Enjoy Senior Year!
  3. 3. Reminders  Parent Survey  Application regulations  10 apps worldwide (UC/UCAS are 1 each)  10 application rule applies to entire application cycle  Students must know deadlines and requirements  Procrastination is the enemy (and doesn’t make a good impression)  Strong to the finish  All offers are conditional
  4. 4. What Students Do Now
  5. 5.
  6. 6. HOW AND WHEN TO APPLY Planning the Process
  7. 7. US Application Types  Early Applications  Priority  Early Action  Single-Choice (Restricted) Early Action  Early Decision & Early Decision II  Regular Applications  Rolling Applications
  8. 8.  Required for:  Early Decision  Single-Choice Early Action  Helps the counselor tailor a version of the evaluation for the individual college  This essay format is required by some US colleges to determine fit and genuine interest Q
  9. 9. COMPONENTS & PROCESS How to Apply
  10. 10. Primary Components  Applications  Essay  Teacher Recommendations  Counselor Evaluation  Standardized Testing  Transcripts
  11. 11. Applications
  12. 12. Common Applications Applications through which you may apply to multiple colleges and universities. The Common Application  Over 500 member colleges  Individual college supplements University of California  October 1 – November 30  Two essays; prompts already posted  Self report grades
  13. 13. Common Applications Applications through which you may apply to multiple colleges and universities. Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC)  Available mid-September  May apply to 2-3 faculties per university  Preference  Additional fee beyond initial 3 universities/programs
  14. 14. Essays
  15. 15. College Essays The only major component of the application in which the applicant has a voice.  Makes the applicant 3-D  Gives the applicant an opportunity to make a point  Must be genuine, personal, thoughtful…  …and interesting!  Should not simply reiterate what is in the rest of the application
  16. 16. Who Reads the Essays? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwxQ6J9_fLY
  17. 17. Recommendations
  18. 18. Teacher Recs Teachers focus on their experiences of the student in the classroom. Process:  Ask teacher(s)  Complete survey(s)  Inform counselor
  19. 19. Counselor Evaluation Counselors focus on the whole individual in the context of the school and the community. Process:  Senior Profile  Parent Survey  Peer comments (optional)
  20. 20. Standardized Testing
  21. 21. SAT & ACT SAT Test Date Registration Deadline October 5 September 6 November 2 October 3 December 7 November 8 January 25 December 27 ACT Test Date Registration Deadline September 21 August 23 October 26 September 27 December 14 November 8 ISM: 705 720 Test Center: 74905
  22. 22. Testing Implications Plan a testing schedule to meet requirements and deadlines. SAT & ACT  EA/ED  Most colleges will accept November tests  Send a set of scores after October (latest)  Plan to be finished testing by December  Score Choice AP  Scores must be sent through College Board to be official
  23. 23. Sending Scores Allow several weeks for delivery. SAT  collegeboard.com AP  Call: 609-771-7366 ACT  actstudent.org TOEFL  toefl.org
  24. 24. IB Scores Predicted IB scores are automatically sent for all IB Diploma candidates. Predicted  October predictions sent with all early applications  December predictions sent with the Midyear Report (January)  Offers of admission are conditional upon similar actual IB scores Actual  Sent directly from IB to attending college in July
  25. 25. IB Scores Predicted IB scores are automatically sent for all IB Diploma candidates. Predicted  December predictions sent in January  Admissions decisions are made largely on basis of predicted IB scores  Offers of admission are conditional upon a student achieving similar actual IB scores Actual  Sent directly from IB to attending college in July
  26. 26. Transcripts
  27. 27. Transcript Requests Students must request transcripts and necessary supporting documents for all colleges to which they apply. Process:  Student requests transcript well in advance of the application deadline  ED/EA – Early September  Regular – November  Rolling – At least 3 weeks prior to deadline  Student must know requirements and request appropriate supporting documents
  28. 28. Transcript Requests Students must request transcripts and necessary supporting documents for all colleges to which they apply. Process:  Student applies to universities during the first semester  University replies with candidate number and requests the student to submit necessary documents  Student submits transcript request as per the university’s request Q
  29. 29. Deadlines
  30. 30. External
  31. 31. USA  Early Decision/Action  October 15  November 1  November 15  U of California – Nov 30  Regular – typically January and later  Rolling – applications are open and decisions are made up to a specific date (typically March and later)
  32. 32. Canada  Apply first semester (around October-November)  McGill due January 15  UBC due January 31
  33. 33. Internal
  34. 34. Early Applications 
  35. 35. Regular Applications October 4  All Teacher Recommendation Requests November 15  All Transcript Requests
  36. 36. W H A T W E S E N D A N D H O W ISM Responsibilities
  37. 37. Documents Sent Online  Initial Transcripts  Teacher Recommendations  Counselor Evaluation  IB Predicted Scores  Mid-Year Report  Updated Transcript  Updated Predicted Scores  Final Transcript
  38. 38. ISM Will Not Send Automatically  Financial Documents  International Student Certification of Finances  International Student Financial Aid Application  Additional Recommendations and Materials
  39. 39. W H A T H A P P E N S N E X T ? After the Apps are Submitted
  40. 40. Financial Aid  Institutional  Domestic  Merit-based aid  Supplemental Need-based aid  International  Merit based-aid  Need-based aid  Federal  Domestic students only  Need-based aid  Grants  Loans
  41. 41. Processing Time
  42. 42. Response Time  Rolling Applications  From the time the application is complete…  A few days to a few months  Early Applications  Typically decisions are released in mid-December  A few release decisions in January  Regular Applications  Early March to early April
  43. 43. Decisions  Early Application  Admitted  Deferred  Denied  Regular and Rolling Applications  Admitted  Waitlisted  Denied
  44. 44. Making a Choice & Depositing  May 1 Reply Date  Deposit to one institution  If admitted later from a school to which you are waitlisted, you forfeit your original deposit  Applying to Countries with Later Decisions  Discuss options with the counselor Q
  45. 45. Tips for Parents
  46. 46.  Check in, but don’t complete the application  Don’t worry if the university says it doesn’t have your documents  Support and assist with organizational consulting  Balance conversations with more than just college  Continue to have open, honest discussions  Be aware of possible changes in family dynamics throughout year
  47. 47. Resources
  48. 48. Common Application Workshops Each senior applying to at least one US college through the Common Application must attend one session.
  49. 49. Senior Essay Writing Workshops Part II Must have a complete Common App essay draft Tuesday, Sept 24 Thursday, Sept 26 3 – 4:30pm
  50. 50. HS Guidance Blog guidance.ism-online.org Subscribe to our calendars! College Visits HS Counseling Program
  51. 51. Applying to the UK? Learn to apply through UCAS August 29 4:45 to 5:45pm Little Theater
  52. 52. Counselors’ Contact Info  Jennifer Melton (A-I):  MeltonJ@ismanila.org  840-8656  Curt Nichols (J-N):  NicholsC@ismanila.org  840-8661  Lisa Ball (O-Z):  BallL@ismanila.org  840-8658  David Birchenall (various):  BirchenallD@ismanila.org  840-8654
  53. 53. Final Questions?
  54. 54. US Admission Decisions
  55. 55. An Inside Look http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bB86s3JYkbg
  56. 56. Discussion

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