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NAVIGATING THE COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS. A MEETING FOR PARENTS OF SENIORS. THE GOAL OF THE COLLEGE SEARCH. TO FIND THE FIT BETWEEN THE STUDENT’S INTEREST, STRENGTHS AND ASPIRATIONS, AND COLLEGES THAT MEET THOSE CRITERIA. “ A COLLEGE IS A FIT, NOT A TROPHY.”

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    navigating the college application process

    NAVIGATING THE COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS

    A MEETING FOR PARENTS OF SENIORS

    the goal of the college search
    THE GOAL OF THE COLLEGE SEARCH
    • TO FIND THE FIT BETWEEN THE STUDENT’S
    • INTEREST, STRENGTHS AND ASPIRATIONS,
    • AND COLLEGES THAT MEET THOSE CRITERIA
    slide3

    “A COLLEGE IS A FIT, NOT A TROPHY.”

    • .....TIM BRUNHOLD, Dean of Admission
    • UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
    factors to consider
    FACTORS TO CONSIDER
    • FOUR YEAR vs. TWO YEAR
    • PUBLIC vs. PRIVATE
    • SIZE
    • SETTING
    • URBAN
    • SUBURBAN
    • RURAL
    • COST
    resources for decision making
    RESOURCES FORDECISION MAKING
    • WEB TOOLS
    • CAMPUS VISITS & LOCAL INFORMATION MEETINGS
    • COLLEGE MARKETING
    • ADVISING APPOINTMENTS
    web tools
    WEB TOOLS
    • SPECIFIC COLLEGE WEBSITES
    • COLLEGEBOARD.COM
    • NAVIANCE
    • SCATTERGRAMS
    additional information gathering
    additional Information gathering

    Campus visits

    Localopportunities

    Over 200 colleges visit the WCHS College/Career Center September until early November

    Maryland College Night at WCHS October 4, 2011

    Tufts University Program October 17, 7:00 p.m. at WCHS “Behind Closed Doors: How Admissions Decisions Are Made”

    College-sponsored information sessions at local hotels and schools

    • Schedule through college website
    • If possible, visit when students on campus
    • Take advantage of open house days
    • Attend a class
    • Check out food services
    • Read the bulletin boards and newspapers
    process for obtaining excused absence
    Process for obtaining excused absence

    Campus visits

    in school visits

    Sign up in the College/Career Center at least a day in advance

    Pick up a pass

    On the day of the meeting, check in with the class period teacher to confirm that class can be missed

    Students are responsible for all work missed.

    • Seniors are allowed a total of 5 days for college visits during the year.
    • A note from a parent or guardian must be submitted to the attendance office at least 48 hours prior to the visit.
    • The note is to be signed by each teacher and the class administrator. Students are responsible for making up missed work.
    beware of marketing practices
    Beware of marketing practices
    • RANKINGS - KEEP THEM IN PERSPECTIVE
    • Who is defining the BEST? What criteria are they using?
    • How are they accounting for the needs of my child?
    • Where is the evidence that rankings make a difference in the ultimate outcome?
    • SLICK EMAIL AND MAIL MATERIALS
    • Colleges buy names and addresses from SAT, PSAT and ACT.
    • Positive, encouraging literature does not guarantee admission.
    • BLOGS AND PRINT MATERIALS
    • Who is the author?
    • What is their experience and or perspective?
    • How are they accounting for the strengths and needs of my child?
    college advising
    College advising
    • COUNSELORS AND THE COLLEGE INFORMATION COORDINATOR (CCIC)
    • ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU AND YOUR STUDENT. THEY CAN
    • EXPLAIN/CLARIFY THE PROCESS
    • HELP IDENTIFY APPROPRIATE COLLEGES
    • SUGGEST WAYS TO MINIMIZE STRESS
    • REASSURE STUDENTS AND PARENTS AND KEEP THEM ON TRACK
    documents required for application review
    Documents required for application review
    • APPLICATION
    • Sent by student, online preferred
    • No preference for the form of application (Common Application, College Specific)
    • Include application fee paid by credit card (counseling can assist in obtaining fee waivers for need-based situations)
    • Includes essays
    • MUST BE SUBMITTED BY THE DEADLINE
    • STANDARDIZED TEST RESULTS
    • Student requests testing agency to send scores directly to colleges
    • ACT or SAT ? Either accepted by colleges
    • Must submit writing portion for SAT or ACT
    • SAT subject tests are required only by the most selective colleges (sometimes ACT can be substituted)
    • Score Choice- which score to send
    • Test optional- a listing of test optional colleges can be found at fairtest.org
    documents required for application review1
    Documents required for application review
    • RECOMMENDATIONS
    • Sent to college directly by the recommender
    • Follow the specific college’s application instructions
    • Letters from academic teachers vs. letters for community members
    • One to two letters should be sufficient
    • Make requests at least 30 days in advance
    • Provide stamped addressed envelopes (self-sealing)
    • Make sure to thank your recommender!
    • TRANSCRIPT/SCHOOL PROFILE/ COUNSELOR LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION
    • Sent by Churchill directly to college
    • Request must be made at least 20 working days in advance of the deadline
    • Stamped addressed envelopes must be provided
    • Fess may apply
    • CURRENTLY, WE DO NOT SEND ANY INFORMATION ELECTRONICALLY
    possible additions to applications
    Possible additions to applications
    • INTERVIEWS
    • Rarely given by the admissions office, usually given by alumni volunteers
    • Informative, not evaluative
    • PORTFOLIOS, ARTWORK, WRITING SAMPLES
    • Check the requirements of each college to which application is made
    • Some colleges will not want or permit additional submissions
    application terms deadlines
    APPLICATION TERMS/DEADLINES
    • Early Action/Priority
    • (UMDCP Priority Deadline Nov. 1)
    • Rolling Admissions
    • Regular Decision
    • Early Decision
    • Student can apply to only one
    • Acceptance is binding
    • Upon acceptance ALL OTHER APPLICATIONS MUST BE WITHDRAWN
    • Financial aid awards are generally not made
    • at this time
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    Application review processWho are you? What are your values?What do you bring to a community of learners?

    Quantifiable Factors

    Unquantifiable factors

    Special talents

    Leadership

    Community Involvement

    Interests/Activities

    Work

    Athletics

    Goals/Aspirations/Attitudes

    • Academic Performance
    • Grades
    • Rigor of Curriculum
    • Standardized Test Results
    proofread the application spell check does not catch everything
    PROOFREAD THE APPLICATION!SPELL CHECK DOES NOT CATCH EVERYTHING!
    • “I will be a terrific, additive to your freshman class.”
    • “ Type of U.S. Visa: Citibank”
    • “This past spring I was abducted by the National Honor Society.”
    • “Community Service: Candy Stripper”
    • “Family background: My brother is an only child.”
    • In answer to the application question on sex: “Once in Orlando”
    admissions decisions
    ADMISSIONS DECISIONS
    • ADMIT
    • 80% ARE ADMITTED BY THEIR FIRST CHOICE
    • NOT ADMIT
    • DEFER
    • REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
    • WAIT-LIST
    applicant decision deadline
    APPLICANT DECISION DEADLINE
    • EARLY DECISION
    • Deposit due immediately upon acceptance
    • Withdraw all other applications before decision
    • REGULAR DECISION/EARLY ACTION/PRIORITY/ROLLING
    • Deposit due by May 1
    • Only one deposit made
    • Churchill will send only one final transcript
    • Advise colleges you will not be attending by May 1
    financial aid
    FINANCIAL AID

    MERIT-BASED AID

    NEED-BASED AID

    Awarded based on demonstrated need

    Must file the FAFSA

    Online filing at www.fafsa.org

    Beginning January 1, 2012

    Check college for filing deadline

    Awards are made on firs- come, first- served basis

    Awards may include

    Grants (free money)

    Loans (must be paid back)

    Work/study

    G

    • Awarded on academic achievement or other accomplishments
    • Grant money (free, no payback)
    • Check individual college website
    • Use links and websites provided
    • on Naviance and CHS website
    • Use Google
    remember
    Remember
    • YOU, AS PARENTS,
    • ARE THE GREATEST RESOURCE FOR YOUR STUDENT.
    • Despite what they may tell you to the contrary, your advice, logistical assistance, encouragement and support will help steer them through what can be a challenging “right of passage.” Empower your student to take responsibility for the process.
    • Now is the time to “back off” without“bowing out.”
    • Keep an open-mind and a good sense of humor.
    • Don’t make the total focus of waking hours the college selection/application process.