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Applying to US Colleges




  AKAD Education Group
Agenda

•   Speaker Introduction

•   American Colleges

•   Finding the right school

•   How to be accepted

•   Essay w...
Speakers’ Bio- Alex Grove

           Education Background
           • Wharton MBA (Dean’s List)
           • UPenn MA, L...
Speakers’ Bio-Darryl Martin

           Education Background
           • University of Wisconsin Law School Juris Doctor ...
Agenda

•   Speaker Introduction


•   American Colleges

•   Finding the right school

•   How to be accepted

•   Essay ...
World leading academic environment
                      There are more Nobel
                      Prize winners from
   ...
Flexible culture

                   • Focus of education is on
                      learning life skills, not
          ...
Exciting campus life

                       Activities include:
                       • Sports
                       • ...
Agenda

•   Speaker Introduction

•   American Colleges


• Finding the right school

•   How to be accepted

•   Essay wr...
America has



accredited universities and
          colleges
How to choose schools

                             Difficulty

          Career Placement            Foreign Resources


...
Agenda

•   Speaker Introduction

•   American Colleges

•   Finding the right school


•   How to be accepted

•   Essay ...
Components of an application
       Interview
                        It is important to plan in
  Recommendations       a...
How schools make decisions (Process)

                       •   Good scores (GPA, SSR, TOEFL, SAT)
   Grades and Scores

...
How schools make decisions (Concepts)

     ou r
          eally
               like                                   Are...
Understanding the Admissions Committee

                      Adcom members read
                      hundreds and hundre...
Agenda

•   Speaker Introduction

•   American Colleges

•   Finding the right school

•   How to be accepted


•   Essay ...
You should write about whatever you care about

                           •Admissions officers
                          ...
But there are some topics you should avoid


•   Gender
•   Culture
•   Race
•   Sexuality
•   Politics
•   Etc…
Agenda

•   Speaker Introduction

•   American Colleges

•   Finding the right school

•   How to be accepted

•   Essay w...
When to Apply?
                                         Application Deadline
                               Earlier       ...
Application timeline

     May                   July
    SAT 1                 SAT 2
                        School List
...
Q&A
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Akad Africa Presentation

  1. 1. is Applying to US Colleges AKAD Education Group
  2. 2. Agenda • Speaker Introduction • American Colleges • Finding the right school • How to be accepted • Essay writing tips • Timelines • Q&A Session
  3. 3. Speakers’ Bio- Alex Grove Education Background • Wharton MBA (Dean’s List) • UPenn MA, Lauder Institute (Conti Group Scholarship) • Harvard MA • Harvard BA (John Harvard Scholarship, Magna cum Laude) Work Experience • Partner – AKAD Education Group • Associate – Morgan Stanley Special Situations Group (Hong Kong) • Senior Consultant – Monitor Group (Beijing)
  4. 4. Speakers’ Bio-Darryl Martin Education Background • University of Wisconsin Law School Juris Doctor (JD) • Cambridge University MA Law • Cambridge University BA Law (Honours) • University of Notre Dame BA Economics and East Asian Studies-Chinese (Magna cum Laude) Work Experience • Partner – AKAD Education Group • Associate – McDermott Will & Emery Law Firm (Chicago, Shanghai)
  5. 5. Agenda • Speaker Introduction • American Colleges • Finding the right school • How to be accepted • Essay writing tips • Timelines • Q&A Session
  6. 6. World leading academic environment There are more Nobel Prize winners from American colleges than anywhere else in the world
  7. 7. Flexible culture • Focus of education is on learning life skills, not learning facts • Students are encouraged to actively make their own decisions • Students have a lot of choices • Majors are easy to change
  8. 8. Exciting campus life Activities include: • Sports • Conferences • Theater • Non-profits • Socializing • Etc.
  9. 9. Agenda • Speaker Introduction • American Colleges • Finding the right school • How to be accepted • Essay writing tips • Timelines • Q&A Session
  10. 10. America has accredited universities and colleges
  11. 11. How to choose schools Difficulty Career Placement Foreign Resources Campus Culture Brand Name Majors Location
  12. 12. Agenda • Speaker Introduction • American Colleges • Finding the right school • How to be accepted • Essay writing tips • Timelines • Q&A Session
  13. 13. Components of an application Interview It is important to plan in Recommendations advance Personal statements Application forms Transcripts SAT and other exams
  14. 14. How schools make decisions (Process) • Good scores (GPA, SSR, TOEFL, SAT) Grades and Scores • Good written application App. Story • Good written application Interview
  15. 15. How schools make decisions (Concepts) ou r eally like Are you smart? Do y (Grade ool? nts) s, test ou r sch teme scores ) sta s onal (Per Competence Commitment Culture py hap ) ents Will you contribu eel ona l sta tem to the sc hool? (P te ersonal Will you f hoo l? (P ers stateme nts) ur sc at o
  16. 16. Understanding the Admissions Committee Adcom members read hundreds and hundreds of applications – Overwhelmed – Impatient – Bored
  17. 17. Agenda • Speaker Introduction • American Colleges • Finding the right school • How to be accepted • Essay writing tips • Timelines • Q&A Session
  18. 18. You should write about whatever you care about •Admissions officers are bored •They want an interesting essay that reveals your true self •Anything you care deeply about is a good topic…
  19. 19. But there are some topics you should avoid • Gender • Culture • Race • Sexuality • Politics • Etc…
  20. 20. Agenda • Speaker Introduction • American Colleges • Finding the right school • How to be accepted • Essay writing tips • Timelines • Q&A Session
  21. 21. When to Apply? Application Deadline Earlier Later No Early action Rolling Regular Commitment Single Early action Early decision Yes
  22. 22. Application timeline May July SAT 1 SAT 2 School List Essay Topics June August PS Draft PS Draft 2 Recommendations October-November Reg Application Due September December Early Decision Due SAT 2 (retake) Finalize school list
  23. 23. Q&A

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