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The College Admissions Process Survival Guide

Alexandra Devine

on 25 October 2011

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The Essay How do I decide where to apply? How do I pay for college? What are some important things about the application? The Elites "The hardest thing about the Ivy League is getting in."
- highly selective (10%-30% admitted)

-priciest schools in the country, but have huge endowments Classes
- "rock star" professors, you'll be in the presence of greatness Diverse student body with common goals Not the place to go if:
-you want to major in something highly technical
-work as something that doesn't pay much Ivy League Other Elites- resemble the Ivy League
- MIT, Stanford, Duke, Rice Financial Bargain Public Ivies - Surpass the Ivy League in fields of science, engineering, and medicine
- There is a huge amount of majors offered.
- It is easier for people who live in-state than out-of-state. - Professors from the Ivy League, but have "publish or perish" attitude.
- Grading system focuses a lot on "bell curves" and test scores and not enough on meaningful learning
- Often takes more than 4 years to graduate State Schools - University of ________
- Public
- Function through tax dollars
- Are broken down into colleges
- Students range "Bigger is better." Liberal Arts Schools philosophy:
- It's not about memorization

- small class sizes
- close working relationships with fellow students and faculty
- emphasis on developing solid speaking and writing skills and engagement

- One might be surprised by how well they train students for careers in math and science. - Offer variety of majors
- Only need your high school diploma to get in
- Do NOT count it off of your list Attracts students who:
- can't/ don't want to spend a lot on college
- need a flexible schedule
- are unsure what they want to do Fine Arts Schools passion & talent - Are you compatible with the environment?

- Sift through your brochures and emails

- College Visits- Ask for results of student satisfaction survey, visit the financial aid office to get info about forms and deadlines, ask students how they like it, sit in on a class. The Transcript - Carries the most weight in the application and is the first thing looked at.

- How hard of a journey did you choose? How well did you do?

- Focus on the 4 college-prep courses and the last two years. Tests - Which tests do I take?

- How many times do I take them? Recomendation letters Does it represent me? How many should I apply to?
2 safety
2 sure things
2 reach Sould I apply Early Admission or Early Decision? Sit down with your parents and have a talk about how much your family has saved Two- Year Schools There are two different types of students:
1. Transfer
2. Vocational Need- based Aid Formula:
The college’s estimate of what your total costs will be for the year (COA), minus how much the government thinks you can pay for college (EFC). EFC- Fill out the FAFSA
for help filling out:
www.studentaid.ed.gov Need-based aid can include:
Grants and scholarships
Work- Study Loop hole- minimizing the income and assets you report during the year before you start college. HOW?

- Your parents should never put assets in your name.
- For every two dollars you earn above $2,380, you lose one dollar in financial aid eligibility. 1. Spend Your Allowance and Postpone your Gifts Merit-based Aid - For exceptional students
- If you would be an average student at the school, you likely won’t get this aid.

•Houston endowment grant- huge amount of organizations that give millions of dollars
•Companies "No college is everything to every person."
- Dean Julie Bowning 1. You decide where to apply.
2. The college decides whether to admit you.
3. You decide where to go. FinAid.com to see how much aid you can get
- tell parents to file their taxes ASAP so you can apply for the FAFSA
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