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Studying in the USA

  1. 1. University Night January 31, 2012 4:45 – 8:00pm
  2. 2. Events Coming Up…Mock College Admissionsfor Gr. 11 students and parentsTuesday, March 6 and Tuesday, March 135:15 – 6:45, Little TheaterCollege Essay Writing Workshop Part Ifor Gr. 11 students onlyTuesday, April 17 and Thursday, April 193:00 – 4:30, Lofthouse
  3. 3. Our PhilosophyWe believe students must be experts on their collegesWe are encouraging, and we provide straightforward assessmentWe believe college admission is a match to be made, not a trophy to be wonWe seek to help find colleges that fitWe operate with integrity and confidentiality
  4. 4. Independence…•Student must take ownership•Family supports, but doesn’t apply
  5. 5. Tonight’s Program1. Advice from Class of 2012 and ISM Interns2. Workshops 5:35 – 6:05 6:10 – 6:40 6:45 – 7:15Rm. 3051 HSMC Lofthouse 1 Lofthouse 2 Lofthouse 33. 7:20 – 8:00 Fine Arts Theater
  6. 6. Types of Institutions• Public• Private• Universities: Graduate level research, includes pre- professional programs• Liberal Arts Colleges: Undergraduate level research, broad preparation in academic disciplines• Community Colleges: 2 years, general education requirements, vocational training
  7. 7. Choosing Universities• Cost & Financial Aid• Location – Rural to Urban – Jobs/recruitment – Weather – Distance to family/friends• Size: Under 1,000 to 60,000+• Major• Special Programs• Selectivity – Reach (2) – Target (4) – Safety (2)• Campus Culture
  8. 8. COST & FINANCIAL AID
  9. 9. Cost• Total cost from FREE to ~$60,000 – Public: ~$20,000 to ~$52,000 – Private: ~$35,000 to ~$60,000• Room & Board – About $10,000+ – Can save money by living off campus years 2-4• Fees• Books• Travel
  10. 10. Financial Aid• US Citizens – Eligible for • Federal Aid – FAFSA – CSS Profile • Institutional Aid • Private Aid• International Students – Eligible for • Limited Institutional Aid • Limited Private Aid
  11. 11. Financial Aid Terms – Grants and Scholarships: • No stipulation of repayment • Originate from – Federal or state government – Private sources – Institution • Grants tend to be based on need • Scholarships based on – Financial need – Merit – Particular talents or skills – Loans: • Requires repayment, usually with interest – Subsidized – Unsubsidized – Jobs: • On campus – Work Study • Off Campus – International students not eligible
  12. 12. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
  13. 13. Where do you want to live?• City Living vs. The College Town• Jobs – Internships – Recruitment• FYI: Snow is cold!• Staying close to family and friends – Where will you go on holidays?
  14. 14. SIZE DOES MATTER
  15. 15. The BIG Schools• More majors and classes• Bigger classes• Research• Diversity• International name recognition• Large scale events, sportsNYU 22,000 students 27 AppsBerkeley 25,500 students 20 AppsMichigan 27,000 students 16 Apps
  16. 16. The Small Schools• Intimate community• Smaller classes• Easier to know your professors• Focus on teaching• Recommendations for graduate schoolClaremont McKenna 1,250 students 11 AppsWesleyan 2,850 students 9 AppsBarnard 2,400 students 6 Apps
  17. 17. Did you benefit from teachingat your college?80.00 Liberal Arts 7270.00 Private60.00 Top 50 Public Public Flagships50.00 45 Regional Public40.00 33 2930.00 2520.0010.00 0.00
  18. 18. Rankings• Quality cannot be quantified• They can tell you, in general terms, about the academic credentials of the students they attract
  19. 19. US News “Methodology” Peer assessment Faculty resources Retention Selectivty Spending Alumni giving 5% 10% 25% 15% 20% 25%
  20. 20. Unscientific Methods Stanford 1 4 Amherst 1 2 Harvard 2 3 Williams 2 1 Yale 3 2 Swarthmore 2 3 Princeton 4 1 Carleton 4 6 UC Berkeley 5 21 Oberlin 5 22 U Chicago 6 9 Wellesley 6 4 U Michigan 7 21 Wesleyan 7 10 Cornell 8 12 Bryn Mawr 8 20U Illinois, U-C 9 41 Reed 9 53 MIT 9 4 Davidson 9 10 Dartmouth 10 9 Haverford 9 9
  21. 21. Perform Well as an Undergraduate“...nearly every student in our university - andsimilar institutions - will pursue career-specificgraduate studies[…] The bachelor’s degree hasbecome a way station, a preparatory degree; it’s nolonger an end in itself.” USC President Steven B. Sample
  22. 22. RESEARCHING COLLEGES
  23. 23. Resources• Counselor• College Visits• Internet – Review Sites – University web sites – Naviance• Friends and Family• Alumni• Guide Books
  24. 24. Visiting Colleges• With family, if possible• Schedule interviews, if offered• Organized tour: Trevor Sturgeon College Tours
  25. 25. Find Exciting Departments• Broadcast Journalism – Syracuse University• Chemical Engineering – U. of Minnesota• Child Psychology and Social Work – Wayne State University• Print Journalism – University of Missouri• Foreign Language – Middlebury College• Foreign Service – Georgetown University• Genetics – UC, Davis• Hotel Management - UNLV• Economics – MIT• International Relations – Tufts University• Meteorology – Iowa State University• Sociology – University of Wisconsin, Madison
  26. 26. Special Programs/Majors• 3-2 Engineering• 3-3 Law• Design Your Major• Open Curriculum• Interdisciplinary Programs• Consortia, cross-registration: – Amherst, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke, Smith, UMASS- Amherst; – UPENN, Swarthmore, Haverford, Bryn Mawr; – Claremont Colleges
  27. 27. SELECTIVITY
  28. 28. Apply to a Selectivity Range• Based on 8 applications: – 2 Safety: 95% chance – 4 Target: 35% to 75% chance – 2 Reach: Less than 35% chance
  29. 29. Are you competitive?
  30. 30. Types of AdmissionEarly Decision (binding) Regular DecisionED I: Nov 1, Nov 15 Strict deadlines, usuallyED II: usually January around January 1You can do both!!!Early Action (not binding) Rolling Admission“Single-Choice” Apply any time, quick replies Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford Apply early, if possible“Restrictive” Boston College. Georgetown
  31. 31. ADMISSION DECISIONS
  32. 32. What Colleges Want to Know…  Can the student do the work?  What evidence do we have?  How does he/she compare?  How will the student contribute?  What will the student take away?
  33. 33. From Admissions Officers“We are looking for people whose egos won’t get in the way of learning, students whose investment in ideas and words tells us - in the context of their records - that they are aware of a world beyond their own homes, schools, grades and scores.”
  34. 34. “Students we accept havent just gone through the motions—theyve put heart and soul into the areas that interest them.”
  35. 35. Factors in the Admission Decision Considerable Moderate LimitedFactor importance importance importance No importance 74.9% 15.7% 5.0% 4.4% 61.5 24.9 8.6 5.0 54.3 30.6 10.7 4.5 52.1 34.4 9.6 3.9Essay or writing sample 26.6 29.9 22.7 20.9Teacher recommendation 21.1 38.3 29.7 11.0Student’s demonstrated interest 20.9 28.7 27.2 23.3Counselor recommendation 20.4 41.9 26.5 11.2 19.2 33.1 32.2 15.4Interview 11.0 22.4 30.4 36.1Subject test scores (AP, IB) 7.8 27.0 32.7 32.4Extracurricular activities 7.4 36.6 37.5 18.5SAT II scores 6.7 8.2 24.4 60.7Portfolio 6.7 7.9 34.7 50.8 3.9 14.2 29.3 52.6Work 1.8 16.9 41.3 40.1 SOURCE: NACAC Admission Trends Survey, 2008
  36. 36. Essays & Activities• Are you consistently interesting?• Are you passionate?• Do you make an impact?• Counselor Evaluation – Get to know us – Give us insight into who you are, dirt and all – Counselors put you in the context of our school – Help us advocate for you!
  37. 37. Teacher Recommendations• Attest to you as a person in the context of the classroom• Powerful characteristics colleges seek: – Intellectual power – Curiosity – Love of learning – Initiative to learn beyond the classroom – Insightful in discussion – Creative – Willingness to take risks – Independently motivated – Collaborative – Learns from mistakes• Don’t feel like you have to be all these things• Ask a teacher who knows you well and can communicate your strengths• Teachers need stories to tell• Recommendations are honest but in a positive tone
  38. 38. GETTING STARTED
  39. 39. Where Should I be in theProcess?• Now: 20-30 colleges• August: 5-10* colleges• ISM strictly limits students to 10 applications (UC, UCAS count as one)
  40. 40. What to do NOW• Research• Junior Meeting• Meet with parents and counselor• Senior Profile• Request letters of Recommendations – Teacher Rec Data Sheet – Ask departing teachers soon• Register for: – SAT – TOEFL, if appropriate

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