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  1. College Night 2009 Presented by Yorkville High School Counselors Ron Vlasz Sarah Pottinger Jeannine Pacetti

  2. Objectives • To gain understanding on the application process to state schools in Illinois • To learn up to date college entrance requirements • To learn how to receive help for college preparation and what services are available for all YHS students and their parents

  3. Applications • On-line applications are encouraged • It is a good idea to have a counselor look over your application before you send it • Know your deadlines • We encourage you to have all State applications in by November 15, 2009 • Priority Deadlines • University of Illinois- November 1st • Illinois State University – November 15th • Northern Illinois University – November 15th

  4. All state universities have non-refundable application fees Cost averages from $30-40 per application

  5. Transcript • Always include a transcript of your high school record with your completed application • Transcripts are available in the counselor’s office (request a form from Mrs. Wallin) • Some applications ask that you send the transcript directly from our office. Be sure to read over the application directions carefully

  6. Acceptance • Application and acceptance does not make you obligated to go to that school • Ideal: The ability to choose between 2-3 schools. KEEP YOUR OPTIONS OPEN • We recommend applying to 3-5 schools. Keep in mind requirements and application fees • Ultimately thechoice is yours!

  7. Where can I get applications? • On-line • College and Career Center at YHS • Contacting the admission’s office of the college of choice • Phone • On-line

  8. I need help! • Work with your counselor • If you need to see a counselor during the school day you can get a pass from the counselor’s office and use your ACCESS time • Talk with College Reps and visit schools • Don’t Panic! Planning and early preparation is key • Now is the time to start filling out these applications, getting them completed and sending them in

  9. General Information for Private and Out of State schools • If any questions be sure to see your counselor, we will do our best to help you • Target application date of November 10th • Some private schools do not have application deadlines • Some programs, however, may close early (ie. nursing and physical therapy) • Good idea to send before holiday break • Review admission requirements and look for a school that fits you and your needs • Application fee typical • On-line or mail application accepted

  10. The best procedure: Check with the school of choice for their deadlines and preferred application process

  11. What test scores do I need? • All schools require an ACT score • SAT- primarily for east and west coast schools • Writing test- if you took the PSAE, you took the writing test • Some schools require this score • Northwestern, Purdue, University of Illinois- Urbana, Champaign & University of Wisconsin –Madison Double check all admission requirements

  12. Course requirements • Research up to date changes for public and private school’s course requirements • Schools do look at the courses you have taken • Double check your academic history • You can be denied entrance after acceptance if “slacking”

  13. Letters of Recommendation • Most colleges are wanting teacher or counselor letters of recommendation • Be sure to fill out a “brag sheet”, available in the counselor’s office • Be sure to mention activities involved in and out of school • Do not wait until the last minute, a good letter takes time, please allow a week to process

  14. Admissions: 3 Basic Criteria • Class Rank & Grade Point Average • ACT composite scores • High School subject patterns

  15. High School percentage rank • This is a cumulative rank of all classes taken during high school • See your counselor for your specific rank, or • Check your report card at the end of each term • Your class rank can change with every report card • Some colleges are starting to look only at cumulative grade point averages, not class rank

  16. ACT composite scores • ACT test can be taken more than once (The highest score is always used) • Take this test seriously- increasing important to admission process

  17. High school subject patterns • Make sure you have met all requirements to graduate located in your student handbook • Make sure you double check the admission requirements of your school of choice • We can make changes in your current schedule if we catch deficits soon enough • Admission criteria is included in the application packet

  18. Financial Aid – 3 Forms 1. Need Only 2. From colleges and universities • Academic success • ACT scores • Proficiency in a certain area ( athletics, music) 3. Scholarships offered by local, state, regional and national organizations

  19. Facts about Financial Aid • Financial aid and scholarship forms do not come in until January • Can be a time consuming process • Check the YHS website and bulletin board outside of the counselor’s office for up to date scholarship availability • Be sure to work with admissions counselor’s at the school you are interested in for financial and scholarship assistance programs • FAFSA, the form requesting financial assistance will be available approximately December 1st in the counselor’s office. Cost is free and it is required

  20. Final Decisions • Do your research, find out as much as you can about your school before you decide • Make use of your counselor and internet • Talk to the college representatives who visit YHS • Go to Waubonsee Community College’s College Fair • Visit the schools you are considering to get a feel for the school: follow the YHS handbook for the rules under College Visits • Include your parents • Your counselor is always available • Use Career Cruising

  21. Chicago State University Office of Admissions ADM 200 9501 S. King Drive Chicago, Illinois 60628 773-995-2513 Ug-admissions@csu.edu Enrollment: 5217 Requirements: ACT: 16 GPA: 2.75 Deadline: January 15, 2010 Tuition w/ R&B: $16,962 Financial aid: January 15, 2010 Of special interest: New Pharmacy and Information Technology program, 5% Increase in enrollment last year, Online application strongly encouraged

  22. Eastern Illinois University 600 Lincoln Avenue Charleston, Illinois 61920 217-581-2223 admissions@edu.edu Enrollment: 10,261 Requirements: ACT 22 GPA 3.22 Tuition w/R&B: $17, 194 Financial aid: March 1, 2010 Of special interest: Fee waiver needs to be in paper application, strongly encourage personal statement, EIU ranks 12 in the nation for study abroad program, Shadow program for interested students, 2 years of foreign language recommended

  23. Governors State University Admissions and Student Recruitment Office University Park, Illinois 60466 708-534-4490 www.govst.edu Enrollment: 2,874 *GSU only enrolls juniors and seniors Requirements: Transfer applicants only, good academic standing in community college Tuition: $5.636 Financial aid: May 1, 2010 Of special interest: Student body is diverse and commonly community college graduates, new Doctorate in nursing and physical therapy programs

  24. Illinois State University Admissions Office Normal, Illinois 61790 309-438-2181 admissions@illinoisstate.edu Enrollment: 17,949 Requirements: rigor of classes, grade trends, GPA, ACT , personal statement* Tuition w/R&B: $19,655 Financial aid: March 1, 2010 Limited ISU funding at this time, contact askfoa@illinoisstate.edu for more info Of special interest: Record number of applications, personal statement is very important, average GPA is 3.5 and average ACT is 22-26. Do not accept any course deficiencies, increase in retention rate to 85%, medium sized school with 19-1 ratio

  25. Northeastern Illinois University Office of Enrollment Service 5500 North St. Louis Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60625 773-442-4050 www.neiu.edu Enrollment: 8,987 Requirements: rank in the top half of class, ACT minimum of 19 Tuition: $7,428 Financial aid: February 28, 2010 Scholarships are given automatically at acceptance Of special interest: no athletics, most diverse student body in US, support service for latinos, commuter school. 10% increase in enrollment, Tuition Guarantee program, known for Education and Business programs

  26. Northern Illinois University Office of Admissions 101 Williston Hall DeKalb, Illinois 60115 815-753-0446 admissions@niu.edu Enrollment: 18,431 Requirements: ACT 23 GPA 3.28 Personal statement strongly recommended Tuition w/R&B: $17,288 Financial aid: March 1, 2010 , Merit based February 1st Of special interest: Increase in engineering, nursing and health sciences, writing component of Act not required and on-line applications encouraged

  27. Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Undergraduate Admissions Mail code 4710 Carbondale, Illinois 62901 618-536-4408 www.admissions.siu.edu Enrollment: 15,980 Requirements: Looking for the well-rounded student Tuition w/R&B: $18,493 Financial aid: April 1, 2010 Of special interest: Personal statement and letters of recommendation are very important component of application and may determine acceptance, especially involvement in and out of the classroom. High school subject pattern requirements must be met, rigor of coursework is crucial, 92% of classes have less than 32 students

  28. Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Campus Box 1600 Edwardsville, Illinois 62026 618-650-3705 www.siue.edu Enrollment: 10,977 Requirements: ACT average 22 High school percentile rank average of 78% Consider coursework, GPA , ACT and class rank Tuition w/ R&B: $15,797 Financial aid: March 1, 2010 Of special interest: Division I NCAA sports (probationary period) Increased pharmacy and nursing programs, books included in fees, increase in retention rate

  29. The University of Illinois at Chicago Office of Admissions Box 5220 Chicago, Illinois 60680 312-996-4350 www.uicadmit@uic.edu Enrollment: 15,648 (will open 200 seats next fall) Requirements: ACT average 24 High school percentile rank average to 20% GPA 3.2 Tuition w/R&B: $21,000 Financial aid: March 1, 2010 Of special interest: Largest medical school in the country, Early applications encouraged, on-line applications and letters of recommendation are encouraged, strong emphasis on personal statement, separate Honors College with own application process, Integrity of coursework*, online verification of admission status

  30. University of Illinois at Springfield Office of Admissions University Hall One University Plaza, MS UHB 1080 Springfield, Illinois 62703 217-206-4847 admissions@uis.edu Enrollment: 2,889 Requirements: ACT 23 GPA 3.3 “holistic” approach to acceptance, personal statement can be deciding factor, factors in consideration: ACT, high school coursework, GPA Tuition w/ R&B: $18,940 Financial aid: March 1, 2010, Merit awards given automatically at acceptance Of special interest: New global studies program, NCAA II athletics, average class size 13, enroll 300 freshman every year

  31. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Office of admissions and Records 901 W. Illinois Street Urbana, Illinois 61801 217-333-0302 www.illinois.edu Enrollment: 31,173 Requirements: The best qualified are accepted as space permits! Look at specific requirements for each college, you are applying to a a particular college –not the university, average ACT 24-33 and top 10% of class typical Tuition w/R& B: $23,458- 27,858 Financial aid: March 15, 2010 Of special interest: Robust web-site, you can log on to check status of your application, encourage on-line application, only acceptance letters will be mailed- check status online, new majors in Religion and Women’s Studies, Dual credit is given if coursework exceeds admission requirements, No Letters of Recommendation

  32. Western Illinois University 115 Sherman Hall 1 University Circle Macomb, Illinois 61455 309-298-3157 www.wiu.edu/applications Enrollment: 11,417 Requirements: ACT: 20 GPA: 2.5 *Can include a letter of appeal if needed Tuition w/R&B: $16,599 Financial aid: February 1, 2010 Of special interest: Medium size school, tuition “lock-in” all 4 years, most students on 4 year graduation track, new majors in Anthropology Engineering and Nursing, 17-1 ratio

  33. Any Questions? Yorkville High School 797 Game farm Road 630-553-4380