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Applying to College: Junior Workshop 2014
Transcript of Applying to College: Junior Workshop 2014
Therese Williams & Rebecca Sullivan
Myth 2: Once you submit an application you are done!
Myth 3: I am behind if I am not working on my college applications now
Myth 1: Numbers are everything
High School GPA, grades 9-11
Greatest predictor of college success
Trend is important
B in hard class = A in easy class
Required classes for college admission, sometimes above and beyond what's needed for high school graduation
AP, IB, or Running Start
Colleges like to see you challenging yourself, but if you are struggling with Cs and Ds, you may be taking classes that are not a good fit for you
Seek tutoring or academic support when needed
Involvement and Service to others
Colleges are looking for persistence and passion; leadership
Investing in students who invest in others as well as in themselves
They are building a community on campus
Community service, clubs, athletics, or leadership positions are good examples of leadership
Background, Character and Experiences
SAT/ ACT (w/ writing) are equally accepted
Take both tests this year, and repeat one next year
Workshops and classes are helpful
KHAN ACADEMY for SAT* (see handout)
ACT KAPLAN ONLINE PREP* (Free w/ fee waiver eligibility- see handout)
Obtain SAT/ ACT Fee waivers from your
high school counselor
If you're eligible for a Fee Waiver, you can send up to
4 score reports for free
, in addition to the
4 free score reports
you received with your registration. That's
: Eligible fee waiver students may use a maximum of
separate ACT Fee waivers. Each fee waiver includes one report to your high school and up to 4 college choices.
Preparing for college; Post-Secondary
Apply in Fall of senior year
Decide which college by May 1st
At least four- six years to complete
Bachelors degree, Baccalaureate degree, BA, BS, BSW, BFA, etc.
If going to professional or graduate school, start process in junior year of college/undergrad
Apply to multiple med schools, law schools, Master's programs, etc.
Professional or Graduate School
Usually at a different college/university, often in a different city or state
Professional school = law school, medical school, dentist, pharmacy, etc.
Graduate school = Master's degree, Ph.D., etc.
College Application Process
Online, fill in the blank
Common App for most private colleges
Publics have their own online applications
Can begin applying as early as Fall for most schools
Usually about 500-650 words for main essay about yourself
Should be personal and give the school a clear picture of who you are
Sometimes there are shorter "supplemental" essays
A few schools require 6 short essays instead of one big one
Use the "Additional Comments" when appropriate
Must be official and sealed
Either sent by your high school directly if you request it or by you
Colleges/Universities will tell you when to send transcripts
Official Test Scores
Must be sent electronically by SAT and/or ACT
Four free score reports, then you have to pay to have scores sent
Your college application is not complete until scores have been received
Students can receive up to 4 Free College Application Fee waivers through the SAT & ACT if eligible
Fall of Senior Year
Submit college applications
Research and submit applications for scholarships
Apply for the
ATTEND COLLEGE PREVIEW DAYS!!!
Winter of Senior Year
Continue working on college applications
Work on scholarship applications:
theWashboard.org, High School Counselor & Career Center
Spring of Senior Year
Complete follow-up paperwork for financial aid
Receive admissions letters from college (yes/no)
Receive Financial Aid Award letters from admitted schools
Review admissions/ financial aid letters with family & trusted school staff (i.e. college/ HS counselor)
Go on college visits
Make your enrollment deposit to the college you will attend!
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE
What is the date that you can begin to submit your
(Free Application for Federal Student Aid)/
(Washington Application for State Financial Aid) ?
What you can do NOW...
College Knowledge Bingo
1. Go around the room and ask for answers to boxes and initial for the answers you give
2. Only 1 answer can be given per student
3. First to yell BINGO wins!!!Prize will be given for Bingo winner w/ correct answers!
Now, lets talk about College Myths...
For Scholarships= Identify 2-3 teachers and at least one counselor to ask for a letter of recommendation
Practice for SAT/ ACT with free practice tests and register for them
Talk with your parents about having tax information ready to use for FAFSA/ WASFA
Talk with your counselor to determine if you are on track with college readiness courses (CADRs)