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Planning for College Workshop

Presented by the

Guilford College

Admission Office

Greensboro, NC

www.guilford.edu

“A COLLEGE FOR EVERYONE”

2 / 4 Year

Public / Private

In / Out of State

Coed / Single Sex

Specialty

Selective/Not as Selective

“College is a match to be made not a prize to be won.”

It is not about admission, it is about graduation

3 wishes for you!

Be honest with yourself

Stay close to your guidance counselor

Visit, visit, visit

Campus Visit

Make an appointment.

Are there specific people you would like to meet?

Visit during the week.

Bring

Unofficial Transcript

High School Profile

Curriculum Guide

TIMING

It all starts in the 9th grade

Senior year – apply in the fall

Senior grades?

Junior year most important – last full year of evaluation

Factors Influencing Decision

Size

Distance from Home

Major

Clubs / Activities

Cost

Services

(Example: Tutoring)

Residence Hall Rooms

Location

Town

City

Facilities

Athletics

Family / Friends

Rules

(Example: Parking)

Factors Impacting College Admission

Grade Point Average

Recalculated GPA

SAT / ACT

Essay

Extra curricular activities

Predicted college GPA

Interview

COURSES!

Recommendations

Class rank

High School Profile

State

Grading scale

Major

ADMISSION CANDIDATES

Admission Candidates

Planning for College

No matter your skills, talents or abilities or interests – there is a college for you!

“College is a match to be made not a prize to be won”

Most important year – junior year

Do research early

Be honest, use guidance office, Visit

th Carolina

www.guilford.edu


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“A COLLEGE FOR EVERYONE”

  • 2 / 4 Year

  • Public / Private

  • In / Out of State

  • Coed / Single Sex

  • Specialty

  • Selective/Not as Selective


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TIMING

  • It all starts in the 9th grade

  • Senior year – apply in the fall

  • Senior grades?

  • Junior year most important – last full year of evaluation


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“College is a match to be made not a prize to be won.”

  • It is not about admission, it is about graduation


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PARENTAL ROLE?????

  • “We are applying”

  • “We are visiting”

  • More impressive if the student makes all the arrangements and is involved in the process


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How Colleges Make Admission Decisions


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OBJECTIVE CRITERIA

(1) Academic course selection in grades 9,10,11

What kind of challenging courses are offered in the high school? How many courses in English, math, science, history and language have you taken? Are the courses advanced?


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OBJECTIVE CRITERIA

(2) Test Scores

What is your best verbal score, best math score? Do the schools to which you will apply for admission require the SAT II? If so, what is it used for?


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OBJECTIVE CRITERIA

(3) Overall performance

Compared to other graduating seniors in your graduating class, what is your GPA? What is your class rank? What are your grades in advanced classes?


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OBJECTIVE CRITERIA

(4) Senior courses in progress

Have you continued to “stretch yourself” in the senior schedule? Have you slacked off in the difficulty of your courses? Are you taking additional courses in math, science and foreign language?


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OBJECTIVE CRITERIA

(5) Volume of applications the college receives

Is the college selective? Highly selective? How and when do they select their class? Early decision? Early Action? Regular decision? Rolling admission? Do they defer applicants and request additional or updated information? Do they use a waiting list?


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SUBJECTIVE CRITERIA

  • Extra curricular activities

    What do you do when you are not in class? List those you have some depth of involvement, made significant contribution, not just participated. School, church, community, work, volunteer, travel, summer enrichment, etc.


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SUBJECTIVE CRITERIA

(2) Essay(s)

Required or suggested? Do it either way! Stick to the topic and the length. Write it yourself. Get someone else to edit. Make it substantive and relevant. Think of the essay as your megaphone to the admission committee.


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SUBJECTIVE CRITERIA

(3) Recommendation(s)

Make them a letter of information, not recommendation. Make it someone who knows you, not a political figure or heavyweight intended to impress. Give the writer plenty of time to prepare, give them an outline and good instruction. Offer to mail, remind them of deadlines and addresses.


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SUBJECTIVE CRITERIA

(4) Interview vs. campus visit

Is it required and does it impact admission? During a campus visit, tour or information session, they present information, you ask questions. Would I fit in here?


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The ADMISSION GAME

Presented by the

Guilford College

Admission Office

Greensboro, NC

www.guilford.edu

“A COLLEGE FOR EVERYONE”

2 / 4 Year

Public / Private

In / Out of State

Coed / Single Sex

Specialty

Selective/Not as Selective

“College is a match to be made not a prize to be won.”

It is not about admission, it is about graduation

3 wishes for you!

Be honest with yourself

Stay close to your guidance counselor

Visit, visit, visit

Campus Visit

Make an appointment.

Are there specific people you would like to meet?

Visit during the week.

Bring

Unofficial Transcript

High School Profile

Curriculum Guide

TIMING

It all starts in the 9th grade

Senior year – apply in the fall

Senior grades?

Junior year most important – last full year of evaluation

Factors Influencing Decision

Size

Distance from Home

Major

Clubs / Activities

Cost

Services

(Example: Tutoring)

Residence Hall Rooms

Location

Town

City

Facilities

Athletics

Family / Friends

Rules

(Example: Parking)

Factors Impacting College Admission

Grade Point Average

Recalculated GPA

SAT / ACT

Essay

Extra curricular activities

Predicted college GPA

Interview

COURSES!

Recommendations

Class rank

High School Profile

State

Grading scale

Major

ADMISSION CANDIDATES

Admission Candidates

Planning for College

No matter your skills, talents or abilities or interests – there is a college for you!

“College is a match to be made not a prize to be won”

Most important year – junior year

Do research early

Be honest, use guidance office, Visit

th Carolina

www.guilford.edu


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  • IF YOU HAVE TAKEN AN EXCEPTIONALLY STRONG ACADEMIC PROGRAM, (AP, IB, HONORS, DUAL ENROLLMENT, ETC.) MOVE UP TWO SPACES.

  • IF YOUR GRADES INCREASINGLY IMPROVED OVER THE COURSE OF YOUR HIGH SCHOOL YEAR, MOVE UP TWO SPACES.

  • IF YOU HAVE BEEN THE LEAD OF YOUR HIGH SCHOOL PLAY MOVE UP ONE SPACE.

  • IF YOU DIRECT THE CHOIR AT YOUR CHURCH, MOVE UP ONE SPACE.


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  • IF YOUR SAT SCORE IS IN THE TOP 10% OF THE COLLEGE’S ACCEPTED POOL, MOVE UP THREE SPACES.

  • IF YOU DO NOT KNOW ANY OF YOUR TEACHERS WELL ENOUGH TO FEEL COMFORTABLE ASKING FOR A RECOMMENDATION, MOVE DOWN TWO SPACES.

  • IF YOU FORGOT TO CHANGE THE NAME OF THE COLLEGE WHEN YOU WROTE YOUR COLLEGE ESSAY AND APPLIED TO SEVERAL SCHOOLS, MOVE DOWN THREE SPACES.

  • IF YOU WROTE THE “ESSAY OF THE YEAR”, THE ONE EVERYONE PASSED AROUND IN THE OFFICE, MOVE UP TWO SPACES.


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  • IF YOU ARE APPLYING TO A PRIVATE COLLEGE AND YOU ARE A LEGACY, MOVE UP ONE SPACE.

  • IF YOU HAD A POSITIVE INTERVIEW WHILE VISITING CAMPUS, MOVE UP ONE SPACE.

  • IF YOU WILL BE THE FIRST IN YOUR FAMILY TO ATTEND COLLEGE, MOVE UP TWO SPACES.


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  • IF YOU DROPPED A COURSE IN YOUR SENIOR YEAR WITHOUT CONSULTING THE

    COLLEGES YOU HAVE MADE APPLICATION, MOVE DOWN TWO SPACES.

  • IF YOU ATTENDED AN ENRICHING SUMMER PROGRAM BETWEEN YOUR FRESHMAN AND SOPHOMORE OR JUNIOR AND SENIOR YEARS, MOVE UP TWO SPACES.

  • IF YOU HAVE NOT PARTICIPATED IN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, MOVE DOWN ONE SPACES.


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  • IF YOU HAVE PARTICIPATED IN SOME COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT, MOVE UP ONE SPACE.

  • IF YOU DID NOT WRITE THE OPTIONAL ESSAY, MOVE DOWN TWO SPACES.

  • IF YOU DID NOT TAKE FRENCH 4 IN YOUR SENIOR YEAR AFTER TAKING FRENCH 3 AS A JUNIOR, MOVE DOWN TWO SPACES.


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  • IF YOU DECIDED NOT TO TAKE A CORE COURSE AS A SENIOR AND INSTEAD RECEIVED AN EARLY RELEASE FROM SCHOOL, MOVE DOWN TWO SPACES.

  • IF YOU ARE AN EAGLE SCOUT OR GOLD AWARD WINNER, MOVE UP ONE SPACE.

  • IF YOU ARE A MULTI-YEAR VARSITY ATHLETE, ARTIST, MUSICIAN OR ACTOR, MOVE UP ONE SPACE. IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED HONORS FOR DOING SUCH, MOVE UP ANOTHER SPACE.


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  • IF YOU GOT A “D” IN AN ACADEMIC COURSE AT THE END OF YOUR JUNIOR YEAR, MOVE DOWN THREE SPACES.

  • IF YOU WROTE A LETTER TO THE COLLEGE ADMISSION OFFICER AND EXPLAINED THE EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING A GRADE OF “D”, MOVE UP ONE SPACE.

  • IF YOU DECIDED TO PROTECT YOUR GPA BY NOT TAKING AP CLASSES OFFERED AT YOUR SCHOOL, MOVE DOWN TWO SPACES.


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  • IF YOU COME FROM A SINGLE-PARENT HOUSEHOLD AND MUST WORK PART-TIME TO HELP WITH EXPENSES, MOVE UP ONE SPACE.

  • IF YOU SCORED IN THE MIDDLE 50% SAT RANGE OF THE COLLEGE’S ACCEPTED POOL, MOVE UP TWO SPACES.

  • IF YOU PLAGERIZED AN AMERICAN HISTORY PAPER AND GOT CAUGHT, SIT DOWN. YOU’RE OUT OF THE COMPETITION ENTIRELY. PLEASE SIT DOWN.


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3 wishes for you!

  • Be honest with yourself

  • Stay close to your guidance counselor

  • Visit, visit, visit


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Campus Visit

  • Make an appointment.

    • Are there specific people you would like to meet?

  • Visit during the week.

  • Bring

    • Unofficial Transcript

    • High School Profile

    • Curriculum Guide


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SUMMARY

  • No matter your skills, talents or abilities or interests – there is a college for you!

  • “College is a match to be made not a prize to be won”

  • Most important year – junior year

  • Do research early

  • Be honest, use guidance office, visit


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