Agenda. Welcome and IntroductionsThe College Decision ? ?Get Ready"College Visitations ? Great Idea!College Selections ? Questions to considerLetters of RecommendationThe College EssayThe College Application Process ? ?Get Set"Completing the College Application ? ?Go!"Other evening workshops
1. College ApplicationNightOctober 7, 2008
2. Agenda Welcome and Introductions
The College Decision – “Get Ready”
College Visitations – Great Idea!
College Selections – Questions to consider
Letters of Recommendation
The College Essay
The College Application Process – “Get Set”
Completing the College Application – “Go!”
Other evening workshops at LHS
3. The College Decision “Get Ready” Decision to go to college has been made
Review the pre-college requirements
English – 4 credits
Math – 3 credits (up through Algebra 2)
Science – 2 credits (1 cr. algebra-based; i.e. Chemistry/Physics)
Social Studies – 3 credits
World Language – 2 credits same language
Fine Arts – 1 credit
Create a list of colleges being considered
What are you looking for? What’s important to you?
Visit college of choice
4. College Visitations Visit the colleges being considered
Evaluate what’s important
Schedule the visitation in advance
Set up appointment with departments of interest
Arrange to attend classes if possible
Check out campus housing
Talk to current students and staff
Discuss reactions, thoughts after visit
Good idea: If interested in college, send thank you note to the Admissions Office specifically to the person who helped you.
5. College Selection You’ve selected a certain number of colleges to consider. Maybe 3 to 8 colleges.
You’ve visited the ones you are most likely to choose.
Now it’s time to decide. Here are some questions to consider in the following areas?
Admissions for Athletes & Performing Arts
6. College Selection: Academics Questions to consider – Academics
How many graduate in 4 or 5 years?
What academic support programs do they have?
What’s the student-teacher ratio?
Who teaches the undergraduate classes?
Do they have an honors program?
Does the college offer majors that are of interest?
When do you have to declare a major?
What additional services are there to be of help?
What are the most popular majors?
7. College Selection - Student Life Questions to consider – Student Life
Is the college in a big city or small town?
What size town/college do you want?
How close is the movie theatre, mall, airport?
How diverse is the campus?
What are the major hangouts & campus activities?
Does the campus have groups, clubs of interest?
What percent of students reside on campus?
What rules are there regarding residing on campus?
Is there housing off campus for upper class students?
What do current/former students say about the college?
8. College Selection – Cost Questions to consider – Cost
What is tuition, fees for one semester?
What will it cost for books, housing?
How expensive is the location?
Any special fees for classes that might be taken?
Are tuition or fee waivers available?
How much do costs increase from year to year?
What’s the difference between in-state and out-of-state?
What deposits are required and when?
What are the hidden costs?
9. College Selection – Financial Aid Questions to consider – Financial Aid
What percent of students receive financial aid?
What percent of students are given scholarships?
How many receive financial aid?
What’s the average amount received?
What are the financial aid deadlines?
What scholarships are offered by the college?
What’s the criteria for the scholarships? Deadlines?
How long does a “full scholarship” last and what does it cover?
Can you loose your scholarship? How?
10. College Selection – Athletes & Performing Arts Questions to consider – Athletes/Performing Arts
How many student athletes graduate in 4-5 years?
How many hours per week do they practice?
Are there voluntary practices that most students attend?
What kind of health or injury insurance is there?
Are athletes covered off-season?
Who is competing for my position?
When does the coach/department head retire?
If on a scholarship and there’s an injury, is the scholarship lost?
11. The College Application - Tips Here are some tips:
Use the “Freshmen Application” only
Know what’s required for each college you are applying to – including the application fee.
Put together a list of what’s needed for each college including deadlines.
Allow extra time to request forms, transcripts, letters of recommendation and writing the essay.
Create a timeline for what has to be done and when.
Check off each task when it’s completed.
Keep copies of everything you submit and organize it in a folder.
12. College Application – Definitions Types of Applications:
Note: most colleges prefer online registration
Specific to the college –
Request by phone, mail or go online to access form
Follow directions: deadlines, materials required, fee
Common Application –
Used by many private and out-of-state colleges
Access form from the college’s website or go online to Common Application – www.commonapp.org
13. College Application – Definitions Types of application decisions:
Non-restrictive Admissions – Non-Binding:
Early Action: Students may apply early and receive a decision early (sometime in December). This commitment is non-binding.
Regular Decision: Students submit application by specified date and receive decision at a later date.
Rolling Admissions: Institutions review application as they are received. Decisions are made throughout the admission cycle.
14. College Application – Definitions Restrictive Admissions: Binding
Early Decision: Students make commitment to first-choice university. If admitted they must enroll. The application deadline and decision deadline occur early.
Early Decision 2: “Second round” of early decision. Used by students who are not ready to commit to early decision in November but want to be considered. Deadline is January; decision is made about a month later. If accepted student must commit to college.
Restrictive Early Decision: Students apply to first-choice university; receive a decision early. If offered enrollment, by May 1st they confirm and accept.
15. Letters of Recommendation Used for Common Application and some colleges
Need 2 teacher recommendations: Who do you ask?
Someone who knows you well;
A teacher from the “core” classes (English, math, science, social studies, world languages)
They will need the “Letter of Recommendation Request” form from you.
Set up an appointment with them.
Be respectful of their time constraints.
Give them at least 3 weeks to write the recommendation.
Provide a stamped, addressed envelop.
Send a “Thank You” note.
16. Letters of Recommendation Need School Report Form completed by your counselor:
Set up appointment with your counselor.
Bring letter of recommendation form with you.
Discuss college plans, interest and activities related to your possible career direction.
Be respectful of their time constraints.
Allow 3 weeks for them to complete form and write recommendation.
Provide a stamped, addressed envelop (larger than letter-size since it will need to include transcript, form, school profile, and list of current classes).
Send a “Thank You” note. It’s always appreciated.
17. College Application – “Get Set” Your will need:
Current class schedule
Letters of recommendation
SAT/ACT test scores
List of colleges and addresses you will apply to
You will need to organize all the above information, set up a check list of what needs to be done and when.
18. College Application – “Get Set” The checklist will include the following:
Request application, go online to begin application or use Common Application (if required)
Determine “type” of application decision: Early Decision, Early Action
Complete form, SIGN IT, make copies
Fee included with application
Confirm receipt by the college
Send supplemental materials, if needed
19. College Application “Get Set” Transcripts and Tests
Mid-year report request
Final transcript request
SAT/SAT I/ACT test taken
SAT/SAT I/ACT test scores sent to colleges
Letters of Recommendation
Letter of Recommendation form complete
Talk with teachers/counselor
Request letters of recommendation
Know deadlines; allow 3 weeks to write letter
Write and send Thank You note
20. College Application “Get Set” Essay
Proof read again
Ask teacher to read and review
Set up date
Arrange with admissions office of college
Visit departments, campus, housing
Send Thank You note to admissions personnel (shows your interest)
21. College Application “Get Set” Financial Aid/Scholarships
Go online to FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov
Request PIN www.pin.ed/gov
Complete form online; mail soon after January 1st
Scholarships – read Senior Bulletin
Check with Career Center, Mrs. Fesser
Look in the Scholarship Cabinet in Career Center
Fill out application and turn in by deadlines
22. College Applications “GO!” Pointers to remember
Neatness counts! Type, not write.
Meet deadlines! Know when it’s due.
Pay attention to details: Fill out all sections.
Proof read! Then, do it again.
Sign the form: Very important.
Send/Mail to the right college: Fatal mistake if it goes to the wrong college.
23. The College Application Form Washington State Public Universities:
Washington State University www.wsu.edu
Western Washington University www.wwu.edu
Univ. of Washington www.admit.washington.edu
Central Washington University www.cwu.edu
Eastern Washington University www.ewu.edu
The Evergreen State College www.evergreen.edu
Higher Education College Board (HECB)
Access all colleges in Washington State
Website is www.hecb.wa.gov
Scroll down left side to “links”, click on links.
24. The College Application Form Common Application Form:
Used by many private colleges/universities in Washington as well as many colleges/universities out-of-state.
The Common Application www.commonapp.org
25. Websites to Consider www.fafsa.ed.gov Free Application for Federal Student Aid
www.act.org – ACT website
www.collegeboard.com – SAT website
www.commonapp.org – Common application website
www.hecb.wa.gov – Access all Washington colleges and universities
www.collegeboard.com/student/apply/essay - Helpful website on writing essays
www.essaywritingonline.net - Another website on writing essays
26. Other Workshops at LHS Scholarship Night – October 21st at 6:30, in the Library
Financial Aid Night – November 18th at 6:30, in the Auditorium
Prepared by Lynn Davidson, Counselor, 2008