College Application Night  October 7, 2008

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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

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1. College Application Night October 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? Academics Student Life Cost Financial Aid 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: Transcript Current class schedule Letters of recommendation Personal essay 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: Applications: 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 Mail Application Confirm receipt by the college Send supplemental materials, if needed

19. College Application “Get Set” Transcripts and Tests Transcript request 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 Write Essay Proof Read Proof read again Ask teacher to read and review Campus Visit 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

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