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  1. College Admission Process Debra E. Johns Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions Yale University

  2. Sources of Information • Websites • Counselors • Peers, family and relatives “word of mouth” • College Publications • Campus Visit • Guidebooks

  3. What is most important? • Fit • Academic Programs and Genuine Reputation • Outcomes • Affordability

  4. “The List” • Program of Study • Location • Size • “Character” • Financial Considerations • Student’s Qualifications

  5. Campus Visit • Purpose of Visit • Will vary when in your college search you are visiting the campus • “Fit and feel” of Campus – Can you see yourself there? • Demonstration of your interest to Admission Office – Importance will vary with institution

  6. How To Apply • Electronic or Paper Application • Common Application and supplements • Deadlines • Early Action • Early Decision • Restrictive Early Action • Regular Decision • Rolling Admissions

  7. Application Tips • Have an organized system, including a calendar of events and deadlines for admission, financial aid and/or scholarship. Use a spreadsheet • Work closely with your guidance office • Think of yourself as the manager and director of the college admission process • Know the requirements of the schools on your list EARLY • Allow adequate time to craft the essay • Label everything carefully • KEEP A COPY OF EVERYTHING! • Pick one email address to use throughout the process. And be wise about the address

  8. The Application • Academic Record • “Five Solid Academic Courses” • Program as well as performance – appropriate level of challenge • Grade Trends • Demonstration of academic interests outside classroom

  9. Standardized Tests • SAT, SAT Subject Tests, ACT’s, TOEFL • Changes in SAT I began in March, 2005 • Addition of optional writing component to ACT • Test Optional Schools (Fairtest.org)

  10. Subjective Information • Extra-Curricular Involvement • Recommendations • Interview • Essay • Quality of writing, evidence of self awareness and confidence • Beware “spell check”

  11. “Ground Rules” • Neatness counts • Deadlines count • There is a difference between presentation and packaging • There is such a thing as “too much” information

  12. Decision Process • Admission Office Decision Making • “Crafting the Class” • “Well rounded students vs. a well rounded class” • Committee vs. Single Reader • Need Blind vs. Need Conscious • The Wait List

  13. Decision Process • Student’s Decision • Revisit colleges – Take advantage of special programs • Understand financial aid offers • Manage the wait list • Interim Year/PG Year • Make ONE Deposit – by May 1st

  14. Helpful Resources • www.xap.com • www.collegeboard.com • www.princetonreview.com • www.fairtest.org • www.petersons.com

  15. Thank you! Debra Johns Associate Director of Admissions Debra.johns@yale.edu 203-432-9316