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College Admissions Ahead

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Laura Bradley

on 10 November 2014

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College Admissions
Depending on the college, the admissions process can be slightly different

3 general categories for admissions:
4-year college/university admissions
2-year college admissions
Technical and trade school admissions

admissions process begins senior year of high school, but it is imperative to start building a good "college-going profile"
years in advance
2-Year College Admissions
Community Colleges like the
Dallas County Community College District
students who apply and complete all necessary steps.
4-Year College Admissions
Unlike 2-year colleges, 4-year colleges
do not
admit everyone who applies

Different colleges have different admission standards
All 4-Year Schools Require:
Admissions Application

Official Transcript

Official Standardized Test Scores

Application Fee
Supplemental Materials
Some colleges require students to submit supplemental materials to get a more holistic view of the applicant

While not all colleges require these materials, they can help sway an admissions decision
It's Never too Early to Start Planning
Understanding college admissions is the first step in preparing for the college process

Encourage Your Student To:

Get involved on campus
Develop study skills that promote academic success
Cultivate strong relationships with teachers
Attend test prep events
Research and visit multiple colleges
Work closely with counselors and college advisors
College Acceptance!
College Admissions Ahead
What colleges are looking for and how to prepare
Laura Bradley
Postsecondary Success Department

Introduction: Why College?
College grads are more likely to...

Earn more money in their lifetimes

Have better healthcare coverage

Have safer working conditions

Own their own home

Have children who also go to college

Be active members in their community

Have a plan for retirement
Source: College Board,
Education Pays
, 2013.
Steps to admission:
Complete an application (online or paper)
Officially graduate from high school (or receive a GED)
Submit official high school transcripts to the community college
Provide proof of bacterial meningitis vaccination
Complete the Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSI-A) or provide proof of exemption
Complete any other requirements as communicated by the college (academic advising, orientation, etc.)
Admission Applications
Depending on the school, students will submit applications through:
ApplyTexas (in-state schools)
Common Application (out-of-state schools)
Individual school websites

Different schools have different deadlines--more selective schools usually have earlier deadlines
Official Transcripts
Colleges use the grades listed on official high school transcripts to evaluate applicants

Grade Point Average (GPA)
Course Rigor
Class Rank

These grades are also used to evaluate students for university scholarships

In general, higher grades can lead to more college options
Texas A&M Commerce:
Official Standardized Test Scores
Students are required to submit at least 1 score for either the

Students have the option for taking these exams throughout the year
Students who qualify receive 2 fee waivers per exam

All juniors will take the SAT during school in the Spring

All seniors will take the ACT during school in the Spring

Having higher test scores can give students greater college options
Application Fee
Most schools require an application fee to be paid before the admissions application can be processed

Students who qualify have access to
fee waivers
to cover this cost
Fee waivers are available through the school counselors

Supplemental Materials Include
Recommendation Letters
Personal Essays
Technical and Trade School Admissions
Most technical and trade schools accept all applicants, but it is important to check with each school
Steps to admission:
Complete an application
Officially graduate from high school (or receive a GED)
Submit official high school transcripts
Take placement exams (if applicable)
Complete any other requirements as communicated by the college (academic advising, orientation, etc.)
*Note that federal and state aid does not cover participation in many of these programs
Laura Bradley

College and Career Readiness Coordinator
Postsecondary Success Department
In Reflection:

The admissions process is different depending on the type of school you want to attend
Be sure to research the specifics of the schools you are interested in attending, so you will know how to prepare
Be sure to start preparing early (ex: taking the appropriate entrance exams, asking for recommendation letters, etc.)
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