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
Encourage Your Students To… Be Proactive Get Organized Communicate Well Be an Expert Stay Positive Enjoy Senior Year!
Reminders Parent Information Sheet 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 Q
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
What Students Do Now…Teacher Recommendations Ask teacher(s) Complete the Teacher Rec Data Sheet Bring to counselor to be signed Give signed form to teacher
What Students Do Now…Teacher Recommendations• Colleges want to know more about the student as a person, especially in the context of the classroom.• They are not seeking confirmation of the student’s grade in the course or your memberships of various clubs and activities.• The reader of the student’s application is looking for characteristics that will make the student a valuable addition to the university. Q
What Students Do Now…Quick Essay Writing Tips Genuine and personal Focus on one aspect of the individual Provide evidence with a good story No gimmicks and clichés Specific examples and details Proofread!
Know That Admissions Officers Are RealPeople Too. It’s Okay to be Real in the Essay! Q
Common Applications Common Application – www.commonapp.org University of California October 1 – November 30 Two essays; prompts already posted Make transcript request to get an unofficial copy from our office – UCs do not require an official transcript at time of application OUAC – Ontario University Application Centre Available mid-September May apply to 2-3 faculties per university Preference Additional fee beyond initial 3 universities/programs UCAS Up to 5 choices One course for either Oxford or Cambridge Four courses in medicine/dentistry/veterinary
Application DeadlinesUK OxBridge; Medical/Dental/Veterinarian (UK) – Oct 15 UCAS- Apply first semester; Final deadline – Jan 15US Early Decision/Action – Nov 1/15 (could be Oct 15 in a few cases – UNC Chapel Hill) U of Florida – received by Nov 1 U of California – Nov 30 Others – Regular decision tends to be January; Rolling
Application Deadlines, cont’dCanada Apply first semester (around November) McGill due January 15 UBC due January 31Korea (based on 2011-12 application cycle) KAIST due late December/early January Seoul National due end of February (12 year students) Others: Summer after graduation
Application Deadlines, cont’d Japan (English-based Programs) Waseda: November – April, depending on college Sophia: December 14/May 24 Universities tend to offer 2 application periods for Sept 2013 entry *Japan (Japanese-based Programs) – After Graduation Hong Kong (based on 2011-12 application cycle) HKU: December 30 HKUST: December 29, February 29 Australia, Singapore, Others National University Singapore: February 21 (based on last year) Applications are generally due in late spring and summer Check with individual universities Q
Sending Documents Online We send Documents Online to the US and Some of Canada 1,750+ total institutions Initial Transcripts Teacher/Counselor Evaluations + Forms IB Predicted Grades (All IB Diploma Students) Mid Year Report (1st semester grades) Final Transcripts What We Don’t Send For These 1,750+ Universities Financial Documents International Student Certification of Finances International Student Financial Aid Application Additional Recommendations or Materials Students CAN ship these from the school via UPS Address the envelope Fill out the form with Eloisa No later than 3pm!
Sending Documents Via UPS If not online (e.g. Georgetown, UT-Austin) We send hard copy documents through the Counseling Center via UPS courier service Students may send additional documents in the package Art portfolio Recommendations from an external source Paper applications (Korea/Japan) Documents sent August through April are billed to student’s account Documents sent after April must be paid at the cashier or through bank transfer
Testing Dates – No StandbySAT Test Date Registration Deadline ACT Test Date Registration Deadline October 1 September 7 October 27 September 21 November 6 October 4 December 8 November 2 December 1 November 1 January 26 December 28 April 13 March 8 May 4 April 5 June 8 May 3 June 1 May 2 ISM: 705 720 Test Center: 74905
Sending Test Scores SAT Reasoning (SAT I) and Subject Tests (SAT II) – www.collegeboard.com Score Choice When to Send Scores AP – Call 609-771-7366 ACT – www.actstudent.org TOEFL – www.toefl.org
Applying tothe UK?Learn to applythrough UCASwith DavidBirchenallAugust 224:45 to 5:45pmLittle Theater
CommonApplicationWorkshopsEach senior applyingto at least one UScollege through theCommonApplication mustattend one session.
Senior EssayWritingWorkshopsPart IIMust have acomplete CommonApp essay draft
College Visits Evening Meetings Sept. 11 – Columbia, Duke, Georgetown, Northwestern, Princeton Sept. 24 – Brown Oct. 3 – UPenn August 23 – UBC 29 – Laureate Hospitality Education (Glion, Les Roches and 3 others) 30 – NYU September 3 – Macalester College 4 – Chapman, Babson, Elon, Augustana 11 – LMU, Seatttle University, John Carroll University, George Mason University, University of Wyoming, University of Hawaii, Fairleigh Dickinson University 14 – Claremont McKenna College 19 – CIS College Fair (30+ universities) 20 – Yale and Yale-NUS 25 – St. Mary’s College in California 26 – Emerson College November Australian University Fair (Date TBD)
An Inside Look http://thechoice.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/16/today-grinnell/
Components of An Admissions Decision Data Voice Institutional Academic Record Essay Priorities Standardized Test Activities & Passport Scores Leadership Special IB Predicted Teacher Talents Grades Evaluations School Comparisons Counselor mission School Group Evaluations Financial Historical Applicants Need
What does this mean for a student? Data Drives college list (safety to reach) Voice What student has control over Can be very powerful Institutional Priorities Unknown Effect can be huge or non-existent Q
Thanks for coming! 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