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Building a College List

the guide to three schools: Safety, Target, & Reach
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Devon Skerritt

on 19 June 2014

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Transcript of Building a College List

Match School
Target
SMU, TCU or
Baylor
Building Your
College List

Texas A&M Commerce
Commerce, Texas
Rural setting
Small town (5,000 - 10,000)
Residential campus
Location, Climate,
& Campus
Public School
No Religious Ties
Public or Private?
Religiously Affiliated?
Size
Total Students: 11,187
Undergraduate Students: 6,768
Graduate Students: 4,419
100%
PERCENT ACCEPTED
AVERAGE TEST SCORES?
Uplift Partnership?
SAT/ACT scores
GPA/rank
and
Are all conditionally admitted!
Uplift Students who graduate and complete the application...
BCA?
In the past 3 years...
how many students applied
how many students
were accepted
how many
students
attended
Biology/Biological Sciences
Business Administration and Management
Psychology
Most Popular Majors:
Most Popular Campus Orginizations:
Academic Groups
Debating Club
Fraternities
Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Groups
Literary Magazine
Radio Station
Sororities
Student Film Society
Student Union
Theater Program
Grad School:
19%
Job Placement Rate:
$$$
Tuition: $6,583
Room & Board: $8,560
Scholarships:
$300 per event for Uplift students (max $1,200)
merit scholarships for grades and test scores
87%
Do You Fit In?
You will if you:
want a medium sized school
lots of support (Hispanic Outreach Center, Academic Success Center)
want to stay close to home
Rolling Admissions! But apply early to be eligible for the most financial aid. November 1!
Early Decision or Early Action?
Texas Woman's University
Public or Private?
Suburban, Urban or Rural setting
Residential campus or commuter?
School Type
No Religious Ties
Religiously Affiliated
Public or Private?
Public
Size
Undergraduate Students: 26,325
Graduate students: 5,927
Total Students: 32,252
82.9%
PERCENT ACCEPTED
AVERAGE TEST SCORES?
AVERAGE GPA?
1720-2020
SAT
ACT
27-32
VS.
3.70
GPA
BCA?
no one from BCA has ever applied
Social Sciences
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Engineering
Psychology
Most Popular Majors:
Most Popular Campus Orginizations:
Fraternities
Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Groups
Literary Magazine
Radio Station
Sororities
$$$
In-State Tuition: $21,634
Out-of-State Tuition: $39,796
Merit Aid:
Presidents Leadership Class Scholarship:
intellectual curiosity
leadership potential
commitment outside of self
receive $ 500 - $ 3,000 per year
Puksta Scholar Program:
Norlin Scholars Program:
financial need
community involvement
civically engaged on the Boulder campus or in the local community
4-year scholarship of $4,500
4-year merit scholarship of $4,000
strong academic commitment
exceptional creativity
intellectual curiosity
Early Action?
Regular Decision?
Reach
Depends on your GPA and Test Scores
Whether a school is reach, target or match differs for every student
Reach, Target or Match?
Religiously Affiliated?
Public or Private?
No Religious Ties
Private
Size
Total Students: 10,894
Undergraduate Students: 4,384
Graduate Students: 6,510
9.7%
PERCENT ACCEPTED
AVERAGE TEST SCORES?
AVERAGE GPA?
2110-2360
SAT
ACT
32-35
VS.
3.90
GPA
SAT: 2265
GPA: 3.93
BCA?
In the past 3 years...
104 students applied
24 students
were accepted
14
student
attended
Computer Science
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Most Popular Majors:
Most Popular Campus Orginizations:
Choral groups
Concert band
Dance
Drama
Film society
Fraternities
Model U.N.
Radio station
Sororities
Student government
Student newspaper
Symphony orchestra
Television station
Yearbook
Grad School:
40%
Job Placement Rate:
77%
$$$
Private School Tuition: more expensive than public but...
Merit Aid:
Private schools, especially Top 100 schools, have more money to give
This can make a top private school cheaper than a local public school
Goal: Full Ride=tuition and fees fully covered by scholarships and grants (and maybe some loans)
early action or MAYBE early decision
Match Schools
3+ match schools on your list + DCCCD
Rules of the Road
1. Build a College List based on your Priorities and Preferences
Type (2 v 4yr)
Location
Size
Major
Fit
Cost

Q: Are you on Free/Reduced Lunch? Q: Do you qualify for any specific institutional scholarships?
Q: What kind of aid packages do we see?

Cost matters for everyone. Consider you and your family's ability to pay up to a $2-3K but don't make this the only factor...yet.
2. Start with 6-8 colleges on your list including a Dallas County Community College (4-6 if not on Free/Reduced Lunch)
3 Match schools
2 Target schools
2 Reach schools
1 DCCCD school

Add more Reach and Target schools beyond 8 colleges, as needed or interested.
The Reach schools in the Top 100 usually have extra essays and supplements--plan ahead!
Target Schools
School is close to your GPA and test scores. GPA is within .5 GPA points or half-letter grade, within 100 SAT points. You have 50% chance of admission.
2-3 target schools on your list
Reach Schools
Dream Schools
School is above your GPA and test scores and/or admits fewer than 50% of applicants. GPA is 1.0 GPA points below, within 100-200 SAT points. You have less than 50% chance of admission.
2-3 reach schools on list to start
Your GPA is more than 1.0 GPA points, SAT are more than 200 points below. You have less than 20% chance of admission...is it worth applying?
School matches your GPA and test scores. Your GPA and test scores are at/above average. You have 75%+ chance of admission.
UNT-Dallas
also see University of North Texas
Texas Lutheran University/
Assumption College
also see Saint Mary's College, Salem College
University of Rochester, Colgate University, Colorado College, Mount Holyoke College
Dream
Rice University, Vanderbilt, Davidson College, Pitzer College, Bowdoin College (admit under 35% of applicants)
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