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SENIOR PARENT COLLEGE NIGHT . Angela Penaflor Kate Willems Karen Wrench. Agenda. Tonight we will discuss… …how to narrow down the college search …the application process …different admission decisions …types of schools …FAFSA …scholarships …upcoming events.

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senior parent college night


Angela Penaflor

Kate Willems

Karen Wrench


Tonight we will discuss…

  • …how to narrow down the college search
  • …the application process
  • …different admission decisions
  • …types of schools
  • …FAFSA
  • …scholarships
  • …upcoming events
what s currently happening with seniors
What’s Currently Happening with Seniors?
  • Individual meetings throughout the day
  • Senior Planning Day Oct. 9
  • Regular email reminders regarding campus reps, scholarships, college fairs, etc.
  • College Advisor available Tuesdays and Thursdays
narrowing down the search
Narrowing Down the Search
  • Types of schools
    • Technical
    • 4-year
    • Career college
  • Size of schools
  • Distance from home
  • Admissions Standards
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Narrowing Down the Search
  • Visiting the college is the best way to determine the school and campus that best meets the student’s needs
    • Call the Admissions Office to schedule a personal tour
    • UW- System virtual tours
    • Visit the school’s website
  • College search websites
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Narrowing Down the Search
  • Talk to Admissions reps that visit STM, alumni, parents, advisors, teachers, etc.
    • Upcoming visits:

October 1: Viterbo University at 12:00pm

October 2: St. Mary University Winona at 8:45am

October 14: UW-Parkside at 8:44am

October 17: UW-Madison at 9:40am

October 28: UW- Green Bay at 10:30

New visits are added everyday.

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Narrowing Down the Search
  • College Fair at UWM, Sept. 30th, parental permission required
  • Wisconsin Education Fairs (WEF)
    • Franklin High School: October 6st 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    • Mount Mary University: October 19th 9-11 am
    • Visit for other dates, locations and directions.
application process
Application Process

Step 1: Before starting the applications

  • Finalize resume/activities list and personal essay (make sure they are proofread)
  • Register to take or re-take the ACT (
  • Ask for at least 2 letters of recommendation
    • Make sure to give that person a copy of “brag” sheet
    • Give the recommender at least 2 weeks notice
    • Ask teachers, coaches, employers, etc.
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Application Process

Step 2:

  • Apply online!
    • UW System:
    • Other:
    • Individual school application
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Application Process

Step 3:

  • Register with
    • Secure, official, electronic transcripts available 24/7
  • Advisor approves transcripts and attaches letters of recommendation, school profile, SSR (if applicable)
  • $3.50 per transcript
    • pay online through Parchment
    • Fee waivers available (4 free transcripts)
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Application Process

Step 4:

  • Send official ACT scores if it hasn’t been done already
    • Four free scores sent
    • Additional scores $12.00.
complete application
Complete Application
  • Application filled out in its’ entirety (with fee, if necessary). Personal essay and resume/activities list are included in application
  • Official transcript sent from
  • Official ACT/SAT scores
  • 2 letters of recommendation, possibly 3 for selective schools/scholarships
  • It is recommended to apply to schools by December 1st.
admission decisions
Admission Decisions
  • Rolling admissions
    • Applications are reviewed as soon as they are received
  • Pooled admissions
    • Apply until deadline and then decision is made
  • Admittance based off first 6 semesters, but sometimes need 7th semester grades
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Admission Decisions
  • Some of the criteria considered during admission process:
    • Academic record: depth, breadth, diversity, rigor
    • Grades
    • Class rank
    • Standardized test scores
    • Extracurricular
    • Essays
    • Letters of recommendation
uw system
  • Started processing applications on September 15, 2014
  • Fee is $44 for each application
  • Shoot for priority deadlines
  • Be aware of separate scholarship applications
  • For admission criteria or other questions visit
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  • Guarantee Transfer Program:
    • Complete the first 54 credits at UW-Waukesha, maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher, and you’re guaranteed admission to any UW-System school for your final 2 years
    • Exception is UW-Madison where a 2.8 GPA is required
    • Let UW-Waukesha know which school within your first 30 credits
  • Don’t think “sticker” price, think net
  • The net tuition at Wisconsin private colleges is 11% lower than it was in 2006-07
  • Out-of-pocket net tuition at Wisconsin’s private, nonprofit colleges and universities is under $5,500
  • Average freshman financial aid package is made up of 75% grants—money you won’t have to repay—instead of loans
  • Timely degree completion (2012-2013 statistics)
technical schools
Technical Schools
  • Go to to see how technical school courses transfer into the UW-System
  • MATC starts accepting applications for fall 2015 after October 1st.
  • Visit the Wisconsin Technical Schools website
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • The completed FAFSA form may not be signed or mailed prior to January 8, 2015 – try to do taxes early
  • There will be a College Financial Aid meeting tentatively scheduled for January 8, 2015
  • College Goal Wisconsin
    • Complete the FAFSA form in about an hour with help from the experts – IT’S FREE !
    • Visit , for dates and locations. Saturdays in February
  • Individual college scholarships
    • Some have a separate application, some use the application for admission
  • Check out the table in Student Services
  • Helpful websites include:
  • Think locally! (groups, clubs, businesses, organizations)
    • Open to Milwaukee/Wisconsin residents only
    • Less competitive
the act
  • Testing dates still available
    • December 13th (register by Nov 7th )
  • Make sure to send official ACT scores to the colleges
events at stm
Events at STM
  • College Financial Aid Night
    • January 8rd at 6:00 in Community Room
  • Senior Planning Day on Oct. 9th from 8-11:30 a.m.
    • Seniors will choose 3 sessions from the following:
      • Resume writing
      • College apps
      • ASVAB (Career Exploration Program)
      • Scholarships
      • Choosing Majors


Kate Willems

Karen Wrench