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CAN I GO TO COLLEGE?

CAN I GO TO COLLEGE?

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  1. CAN I GO TO COLLEGE? What do you need to know about going to college?

  2. COLLEGE or UNIVERSITY • What is the difference? • Almost nothing: universities are usually larger. • They have colleges within them: College of Engineering, College of Humanities, etc. • Size ranges from a few hundred, to 60,000! • In America there are 3000+ • In the UK there are 200+

  3. HOW DO I DECIDE WHERE TO GO? • A few facts about AISB graduates: • 40% apply to the UK each year. • 30-40% apply to the US. • 5-10% apply to Hungarian universities • 15-20% go back to their own countries. • If you are an EU citizen it makes most sense to go to the UK (tuition is less for EU citizens. • If you are a US, Chinese, Indian, Russian, Korean citizen you can apply to either UK or US. Tuition is similar in both countries.

  4. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? • In England: 9000GBP ($14,000)Three year degree. • In Scotland: tuition is free for EU citizens! (4 year degree). • In the US: Public universities range from $25,000 (tuition and room/board), to $60,000. • Most public universities will be around $30,000-$40,000 (4 year degree). • Scholarships are available for international students, although difficult to count on. • Financial aid is only available for US citizens.

  5. HOW DO I GET IN? • In the UK it works like this: • You have to be a full IB student in grades 11-12. • You will get predicted grades in March of this year, and again in September of grade 12. • You apply for five specific courses with the predicted scores you get in grade 12. • Example: you apply to study civil engineering with a P.G. of 34 to University of Bath.

  6. UK universities • You apply in the fall of grade 12 with five choices. • You apply for a specific course: not the university. • Your predicted grades and a personal statement are what the university will look at. • You find out in January-February if you are accepted conditionally. • You must then achieve what your conditional offer requires.

  7. APPLYING TO THE U.S. • Different than the UK: • 1.transcript and your GPA • 2.the level of difficulty of your classes, and class rank. • 3.your SAT scores. • 4.your essay • 5.our recommendations of you. • 6.what you do outside of school.

  8. CAN I GO TO HARVARD??? • With 3000+ universities in the US there is something for EVERYONE. • 80% of all universities accept 80%of their applicants. (means you can probably get in) • Only 10% (200) of the universities are really hard to get into. And some, 2-3% are extremely hard to get into. • Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, Stanford accept less than 5-10% of their graduates. (means you won’t get in unless you are in the top 10% in your class)

  9. What school is best for me? • Start geographically; do you want to be on the East Coast? West Coast? Midwest? South? • Public university vs. private college? • Big school vs. small school? • Big tuition or small tuition? • Liberal arts vs. specific technical subject? • Why is it so confusing?????

  10. WHAT DO I DO NOW? • Now is the time to sign up for SAT’S: December, January, May, June, October • Begin researching universities in the UK, US, etc. • Predicted grades will come out in June. • Look on UCAS to see what scores are necessary for the specific course you are interested in. • Look on Collegeboard.com to see what the SAT range is and what GPA range the school has. (ex. 500-600 average SAT scores and 95% has 3.5 or higher) • Be REALISTIC in your self-assessment.

  11. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT • Come to the meeting with me beginning in January/February prepared to talk about your ideas: what country, what university, what subject. • Come up with a time-line of when you need to get things done: SAT, campus visits, UCAS early application, US early application.

  12. YOU MUST KNOW THIS: • Following directions of the application is required • December 1, 2013 is the deadline for all US and UK university applications to be completed and prepared to send electronically. • You must give TWO WEEKS for all requests for letters of recommendation and transcripts to be sent to university. • You have time now to research your options: DO NOT WAIT! • By September 1, 2013 you should have a plan of universities.