Why should you listen to me? What are you looking to get from this?
State Universities – Larger i.e. West Chester, Bloomsburg Small Liberal Arts – usually private, well-rounded i.e. Muhlenburg, Dickinson, Haverford State- Related – Larger, comprehensive i.e. Penn State, Temple, Pitt Large Private – DREXEL Ivy League – top in the country, though originally associated as a football league i.e. Harvard, Yale, Princeton WHO IS GOING? Get used to being in the passenger seat.
What factors shouldn ’t you choose… Give personal example here… Put your child ’s development of her talents and interests- and not college entrance requirements – at the center of your conversations. Encourage her to be true to her passions, to be passionate about her work, and to keep her expectations reasonable while striving to do her best. The outcome will rest less on absolute merit and more on preparation, passion and good fortune. Whatever the outcome your child must feel your unconditional love and support. Applications may fall short, but the young person behind them must not be allowed to feel as though they have failed.
There is no such thing as a FULL RIDE…..especially not in these hard times. But everyone does not have to go into an endless world of debt. Use collegeresults.org to get more info on graduation outcomes for schools. Ask about the Career Center at the schools of interest and the supports available for obtaining internships and jobs after graduation.
SELECTIVITY – Whenever an institution can turn away applicants, it is selective. Colleges are reaching out more aggressively than ever to attract more applications. They want your application, but maybe not you. In the rush to win the fame game (RANKINGS), colleges know that bringing in more applications enables them to appear more selective while giving them more opportunities to increase their yield (percent of admitted students who enroll) on offers of admission – a sure sign of popularity. The right school is the school that will appreciate your child ’s gifts and value him/her as a person. Look for how many applications that were received and how many of those applicants that were admitted. It is available on websites, guidebooks and brochures.
Mention awareness of college consultants and scams…. Mention importance of writing a good generic essay for scholarship use. Every dollar counts! The parents role in the process is to guide and support. Ask the why, instead of the what, when and where. The Philadelphia National College Fair and other local fairs Guide Books (Peterson ’s, Barron’s etc.) www.collegeboard.com www.fastweb.com www.educationplanner.com College Admissions Counselors and Fin. Aid Personnel. YOUR SCHOOL COUNSELORS!
Curriculum – Did student go above and beyond minimums and take rigorous courses whenever possible. GPA – Explain how tallied and honors, AP etc. Profile – what does the school offer to students-classes and activities Rank – good and bad Explain new SAT and ACT Letters of Rec- good bad and ugly Essay – to write or not to write. Good vs. bad topics “Killing Seniors essay” Displays a students gift. Interviews – prep, prep, prep School/Program reqs – COMAD, Accelerated examples Extra curcciculars – duration and leadership
Demonstrated Interest – What confidence is there that the student is truly interested in the school – and they she will enroll if accepted? Campus Visits, number and type of contacts. Inquiry Cards Ability to Pay – Money does matter. Merit scholarships ROI – Return on Investment. Need Blind vs. Resource Aware Standardized Tests – The presence of tests adds on marginally to a college ’s ability to predict success. High scores seem to connote higher ability and better students. They are competitive credentials. Over 700 schools don’t require tests at all. www.fairtest.org Special Interest Admission – Happens in the spring. Colleges look at their own needs and priorities and then look for students who by virtue of their backgrounds, interests or talents, stand apart from the rest in some way.
Graduation, retention and job placement Read articles about a school rather than their stats Is the ED school a good fit for your child? Find out who the rep is for schools of interest and introduce yourself. Ask critical questions that would require a response. If a school likes your child but the scores are lukewarm on the SAT, the ACT can boost the students admissibility. Be careful with Common App. Schools can become cynical about your interest in them if that is the only contact you have had. Research pays. Understand the schools needs and address them..
A word of caution about social media and the admissions process….What is your child’s virtual footprint? How are they communicating with colleges? What are they communicating? Use tools wisely.
Applications may be read by an individual or team. (Colleges divide applicants by geographic territory or by majors/programs mostly, you can find out more about this when you visit.) Decisions may also be by individual or team.
Good and bad of early decision… A note about the Waitlist – It gives the admission committee the chance to fine tune the class. It is a strategy. Hang in there, we might be able to admit you later. Takes the game into overtime.
BE REALISTIC!!!! No school is really a safety school anymore…..
GPA and knowing what is on your transcript! ACT more based in curriculum, SAT based in reasoning.
Stress importance of deadlines and timeliness. Talk about taxes and FAFSA
Talk about the acceleration of this timeline in recent years…..
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MANAGING THE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS PROCESS Karen P. CampbellAdvisory Member, Philadelphia College Prep Roundtable Program Manager, Drexel University
There are over 3,688 colleges in the country! • State Universities • Small Liberal Arts Colleges • State-Related Institutions • Large Private Universities • Ivy Leagues • Community Colleges
Factors to consider when choosing a college include:• Size (overall population and class size)• Location, Location, Location• COST Before and after Financial Aid• Majors offered• Public vs. Private• Activities and Athletics
What is the true cost of attending college? • Tuition and Fees • Room and Board • Books • Transportation • Supplies • Insurance • Personal Expenses
Pyramid of SelectivityCourtesy: Peter Van Buskirk –www. theadmissiongame .com
Don’t worry…There’s Help!Use FREE resources that are available to you….
What influences an admissions decision? High School Curriculum High School Grades (GPA) High School Profile High School Rank* (student and school) Standardized Test Scores Letters of Recommendation Essay Interviews School/Program Requirements Extra-curricular activities
What else influences an Admissions decision? • Demonstrated Interest • Ability to Pay • Standardized Tests • Special Interest Admission
Don’t Believe the Hype!• In assessing colleges, focus on outcomes rather than rankings.• Remember that rankings are just someone else ’ s opinion.• Resist the temptation to buy into Early Decision as a strategy.• Have your child take both the ACT and the SAT.• Don ’ t take shortcuts!
College Prep Timeline Junior Year • Work on GPA….every year and class counts! • Attempt SAT and/or ACT • Begin researching and visiting schools• Draft a solid personal statement that can be used for admissions and scholarships
College Prep Timeline Senior Year • Fall Gather Letters of Recommendationand supporting materials for application. Continue with visits and college fairs. • Winter Attempt SAT and/or ACT again. Begin compiling applications and send in any early action or early decision packets.
College Prep Timeline • Spring Get taxes done and complete FAFSA ASAP. Decide on school of choice and confirm attendance by May 1st! • SummerFinalize matriculation process, secure housing and roommate and attend orientation.
Other Great Resources…..• www.educationplanner.org – American Education Services – scholarship and financial info• www.fafsa.gov – The OFFICIAL website for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid• www.collegeresults.org - information on “real” cost of schools and graduation rates.• www.theadmissiongame.com – Offers behind the scenes admission info and tips.
Karen P. Campbell Program Manager, Drexel UniversityAdvisory Member – Philadelphia College Prep Roundtable email@example.com