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Applying to College: Junior Workshop 2014

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Jennifer McCoy

on 19 February 2016

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Applying to College:
Junior College Workshop 2016

Myth 2: Now is the time to look for good medical or law schools
Myth 3: Once you submit an application you are done!
Myth 4: I should start working on my 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
Course Rigor
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
Summer Search can help you!
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
Summer Search trips*
Background, Character and Experiences
First generation
Overcoming obstacles

Entrance Exams
SAT and ACT w/ Writing are equally accepted
Take both tests this year, and repeat one next year
Workshops and classes are helpful
Obtain SAT/ ACT Fee waivers from your
high school counselor

(eligible for up to 4 waivers)
You will receive
4 free SAT score reports
that must be used
at the time of registration or up to

9 days

the Saturday test date.
High School
Preparing for college; Post-Secondary
Apply in Fall of senior year
Decide which college by May 1st
"College": Undergraduate
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
AFTER "undegrad"
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 applications, but some info gets automatically filled in with each one
Can start as early as August for most schools
Essay/Personal Statement
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
Preview questions on handout in your folder
Use the "Additional Comments" when appropriate
Must be official and sealed
Either sent by your school directly or by you
Most schools can't start reading application without the transcript
Official Test Scores
Must be sent electronically by SAT and/or ACT
Four free, then you have to pay to have scores sent, SumS can help
Application is not complete until scores have been received
Fee waivers for all students on free or reduced lunch
Fall of Senior Year
Retake SAT/ACT
Submit college applications
Research and submit for scholarships
Submit the FAFSA on October 1st, FAFSA no longer filed in January
Winter of Senior Year
Continue working on college applications
Work on scholarship applications (i.e. CollegeGreenlight.com, theWashboard.org, High School Counselor & Career Center
Spring of Senior Year
Complete follow-up paperwork for financial aid
Receive letters from college (yes/no)
Receive Financial Aid Award letters from admitted schools
Review letters with Summer Search
Go on college visits
May 1st
Send in paperwork and deposit to the college you will attend!
What is the date that you can begin to submit your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) ?
You have up until
days after SAT registration to send your official test scores to colleges.
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