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  1. Welcome to your PART Webinar Training Session! “What has really put us on the [national] map is the PART program, which has [numerous] members across the country...representing the University at college fairs and at high schools.” -Dr. Betsy Porter, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid New Email: PART@pitt.edu

  2. College Days/Fairs/Nights Volunteers attend almost 300 recruitment events annually Alert OAFA of local events Share positive experiences from alumni and parent perspective with prospective students/families Serve as the face of the university Adopt a School Program – NEW Volunteer serves as a liaison between high school and OAFA Distributes materials to school Contacts admitted students Increases visibility in hard to reach areas Target schools listed on PART website What is PART? Pitt Alumni Recruitment Team Pitt Parent Admissions Recruitment Team *700 members in over 40 states*

  3. Training Session Agenda • Admissions Presentation • Talking Points • Materials Explanation and Usage

  4. Choosing the Right College:6 Factors • Size • Location • Academics • Reputation • Academic Fit • Cost & Financial Aid

  5. Factor #1 - Campus Size • Enrollment • Appx. 15,000 full-time undergraduates • Class size • Almost 70% have less than 30 students • Less than 5% have more than 100 • Student to Faculty ratio: 15 to 1 • Diversity • In-state/Out-of-state • Over 300 undergraduate student organizations • Facilities • 14 Residence Halls – Pennsylvania and Panther Halls • 5 Apartment-style Accommodations – Ruskin Hall • Computer Labs and Services • Athletic Facilities • Resources • Academic Support Center • Advising • Counseling and Career Services • Libraries

  6. Factor #1 - Campus Size Talking Point #1: The University of Pittsburgh has all the benefits of a large research university but is small enough for students to receive personalized attention and carve out their own niche within the University of Pittsburgh.

  7. Factor # 2 - Location • Oakland • 3 miles from Downtown Pittsburgh • Green space

  8. Factor # 2 - Location • Shops and restaurants • Museums • PittARTS • UPMC • 7 teaching hospitals • Safety and Transportation • Pitt Police • Residence Hall Safety • For Safety’s Sake • SafeRider and Pitt Shuttle System

  9. Factor # 2 - Location • “The City is our Campus!” • Most livable city • 2007 Places Rated Almanac • Free public transportation • Cultural attractions and theatre events • Fortune 500 companies • PNC, Mellon, Highmark, Heinz • Sports

  10. Factor # 2 - Location Talking Point #2: The University of Pittsburgh has all the big city benefits while maintaining a smaller campus community.

  11. Factor # 3 - Academics • Ten undergraduate schools with both freshman & upper-level entry • More than 101 majors • Fourteen graduate & professional schools • Campuses in Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown and Titusville • 407 degree programs system-wide

  12. Factor # 3 - Academics Freshman Entry Programs • School of Arts and Sciences • College of Business Administration • Swanson School of Engineering • School of Nursing

  13. Factor # 3 - Academics Upper-level Division Programs – Junior Year Entry • School of Education • Applied Developmental Psychology • Health and Physical Activity • Post-baccalaureate teacher certification www.education.pitt.edu • School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences • Clinical Dietetics and Nutrition • Communication Science • Emergency Medicine • Health Information Management • Rehabilitation Science www.shrs.pitt.edu

  14. Factor # 3 - Academics Upper-level Division Programs, con’t. • School of Information Science • Bachelor of Science in Information Sciences (BSIS) www.sis.pitt.edu • School of Social Work • Bachelor of Arts in Social Work www.socialwork.pitt.edu

  15. Factor # 3 - Academics School of Pharmacy • Pre-pharmacy preparation in the School of Arts and Sciences • Sophomore take PCAT, apply directly to the program • 4 professional years in the School of Pharmacy • Six-year Doctor of Pharmacy degree • Conditional acceptance for freshman • 1250-1290 M/CR SAT, Minimum M 650 and top 10% with interview • 1300 M/CR SAT, Minimum M 680 and top 10% without interview www.pharmacy.pitt.edu

  16. Factor # 3 - Academics University Honors College • Academic challenge • Automatic Review • Non-membership organization • 1400 SAT M/CR and Top 5% for eligibility • Opportunities for: • Honors Housing • Bachelors of Philosophy Degree • Research • Publications • Scholarships

  17. Factor # 3 - Academics International Opportunities • University Center for International Studies • Pursue a language • Certificates • Study Abroad in over 300 locations • Financial Aid and Scholarships • Available for any major • Vary in length

  18. Factor # 3 - Academics Office of Experiential Learning • Undergraduate Research Opportunities • Unique to the University of Pittsburgh • Many majors • Internships • Undergraduate Teaching Experience and Peer Tutoring

  19. Factor # 3 - Academics Talking Point #3: A recurring theme here at the University of Pittsburgh is the variety of OPTIONS available to our students in and outside of the classroom.

  20. Factor # 4 - Reputation • Association of American Universities • Nationally-recognized academic programs • Philosophy Department – 2nd • History and Philosophy of Science – 5th • Stellar athletics • Division 1 • Many club/intramural sports • More than 241,000 alumni • Pitt Career Network

  21. Factor # 4 - Reputation Talking Point #4: The University of Pittsburgh retains an esteemed reputation nationally and internationally, and a degree from the University of Pittsburgh carries great value.

  22. Factor # 5 - Academic Fit Application Process • Rolling Admissions • Apply starting July 1st • Fee waivers • Paper or Online www.oafa.pitt.edu • Official High School Transcripts • SAT and/or ACT results • Supplemental Information – Optional but encouraged • Essays and/or Personal Statements • Letter(s) of Recommendation

  23. Factor # 5 - Academic Fit Applications are automatically reviewed for: • Admissions • University Honors College • Scholarships • Freshman Guarantees • Appropriate Regional Campus

  24. Factor # 5 - Academic Fit Merit-based Scholarships • From $2000/year to full tuition/room & board • Consideration begins at 1400 SAT (32 ACT) AND Top 5% class rank • Review begins early November • January 15 deadline

  25. Factor # 5 - Academic Fit What is a “Freshman Guarantee”? • Current options include: • School of Medicine • School of Law • School of Dental Medicine • School of Education • Swanson School of Engineering • School of Nursing • Graduate School of Public and International Affairs • Graduate School of Public Health • School of Social Work • School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

  26. Factor # 5 - Academic Fit What is the Admissions Committee looking for? • Well-rounded students • Challenging curriculum – Honors/AP • Performance on the SAT or ACT • Success in classroom reflected by: - Class Rank - QPA/Grade point average - Consistency of excellence

  27. Factor #5 - Academic Fit How Can the Admissions Committee Respond? • Offer admissions • Request additional information - Quarter or mid-year grades - Senior SAT/ACT - Both • Appropriate regional campus • Deny admission

  28. Factor # 5 - Academic Fit Talking Point #5: Freshman Profile Class of 2012* • Applications Received: 21,244 • Number Offered Admission: 11,669 • Number Enrolled: 3,598 • SAT I mid-range for all admitted freshmen is 1200-1370 • ACT mid-range for all admitted freshmen is 25-30 • Percent in the Top 2/5 of class: 98% • Percent in the Top 10% of class: 54% *As of June 19, 2008

  29. Factor # 6 - Cost & Financial Aid Need-based Financial Aid • File FAFSA as early as January 1 online • March 1 recommended freshman filing deadline • Student Aid Report (SAR) • FAAS (Pitt’s own form)

  30. Determining Financial Need Cost of Attendance (COA)* --- Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Demonstrated Need *DIRECT COSTS= Tuition & Fees, Room & Board INDIRECT COSTS= Books & Supplies, Transportation, Personal Living Expenses ~Department of Education calculates Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Factor # 6 - Cost & Financial Aid

  31. Grants Federal Pell Grant Federal SEOG State Grant Pitt Grant Self-Help Aid Federal Work Study Perkins Loan Stafford Loans PLUS Factor # 6 - Cost & Financial Aid

  32. Factor # 6 - Cost & Financial Aid Talking Point #6: Appx. 70% of Pitt students receive some sort of need-based financial aid. Current cost information is available at: www.ir.pitt.edu/tuition/

  33. What else to talk about with prospective students? Recruitment Events • Majors www.pitt.edu/academics.html • Mailing List/Video Clips www.oafa.pitt.edu/explore/ • Undergraduate Research • Freshman Guarantees • 20,000+ applications • 6 factors • Campus visits

  34. Campus Visit Options Campus Tours: Monday – Friday On the hour 10 AM to 3 PM Information Sessions: Monday – Friday 10 AM and 2 PM Selected Saturdays 9 AM So You Wanna Be A…Fridays Ready…Set…Pitt Saturdays www.oafa.pitt.edu/visit.aspx

  35. Inquiry Cards Profiles Fact Sheets Search Pieces Tuition Cost Cards Major Stand Materials “Students remember the grinning face and handshake, and are then more likely to follow up with a visit. To parents fretting about sending a child off to a strange land...the personal touch found at a college fair is reassuring.” -Jane Gordon, New York Times

  36. Q & A Kerri J. Meeks, Assistant Director kmeeks@pitt.edu 412-624-0770 Breanne Caution, Associate Director bcaution@pitt.edu 412-624-0758 www.part.pitt.edu PART@pitt.edu 1-800-967-PART