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1 College Applications improve What you need to know to improve your chances of being admitted to your first choice school!

2 First Things First… This is YOUR application. You will be the one attending the school, therefore you will be responsible for most of the work in this process. This is a TIME-CONSUMING process. It is at least the equivalent of a 3-credit-hour class. You will be responsible for meeting deadlines – this means you must learn the deadlines and work within them.

3 Deadlines, deadlines…. There will actually be several deadlines for EACH application You should request teacher recommendations well in advance. Think NOW about who you might ask in the fall. You must submit Secondary School Reports or Counselor Recommendations to your College Advisor at least three weeks before they are due at the school.

4 And yet more deadlines. There will be different deadlines for Financial Aid forms Most schools will have different deadlines for school scholarships. Some Honors Programs have their own deadlines. There are different deadlines for Early Decision, Early Action, Interim Decision, Rolling Admission, and Regular Decision. It is much better not to wait until the deadline!

5 Keep track of all of this… SchoolED/EAReg.Fin. Aid Scholar- ships HousingHonorsOthers, Notes Texas A&M Preferred Deadline 10/15/10 FINAL Rec’d By 1/15/11 FAFSA 2/1/10 Separate app. Dec 2010 Honors & Academic Scholarship Dec 2010 All deadline REC’D BY UT Austin Preferred 10/15/10 Final – Rec’d by 12/1/10 (THEY DID MOVE IT UP!) FAFSA 2/1/10 Freshman Scholarships 12/1/10 ASAP after ApplyTexas completed. Extra fee Done through website, each has a separate form All deadline REC’D BY Top U11/1/101/1/11 School form 1/1/11 FAFSA 2/15/11 Included with Fin Aid Done after admitted Extra page for 6 yr BA/MD Need 2 SAT Subject tests Dream College 11/1/101/1/11School 12/1/10 FAFSA 2/1/11 Nomination required, due by 2/1/11 After admitted Separate app, 3/1/11 Request ACT or SAT and 3 SAT subjects.

6 Minority Status: African American, Asian American, Hispanic, Native American, Female (for some programs) President of 2 clubs National Merit Semifinalist National press coverage for volunteer efforts Mom and Dad say you are their perfect little angel. First generation college student (neither parent attended college) Eagle Scout or Gold Award for Girl Scouts SAT score or 2250 or higher Best essay ever seen by any admissions officer at the school. All your friends say you are “really smart” and “nice.” Legacy (mom, dad, sibling, grandparent attended) Recruited athleteGPA of 3.8 or higher. Nominated for Golden Globe and Academy Award for original screenplay. You have wanted to go to school X since you were born. Your parents brought you home from the hospital in a college t- shirt. Parents know President of University, lifelong friends Won state-level competition Published scientific paperOlympic medalist. You have wanted to be a doctor since you were 3 years old, and save lives. Recruited athlete Advanced to national- level competition for club. Won National Spelling Bee, Geography Bee, AME 10, Biology Olympiad, Chemistry Olympiad, or other academic competition. Guest performer with Boston Pops and solo recital at Carnegie Hall. You have joined thirty clubs, and given three hours per year to each of them. Admissions BINGO

7 Some Numbers – Scary Numbers How many high schools are in Texas? 1231 with more under construction. How many high schools in the United States? About 91,950

8 So what does that MEAN? Each school has a valedictorian or top student. Texas had 241,193 graduates in 2007, with 78% of those graduating with Distinguished or Recommended program. Schools calculate rank and GPA differently, weighted, un-weighted, and other factors.

9 Why do I need to start now? Last year, Washington University had over 25,000 applications for only 1500 places in the freshman class. Some students who would have been admitted in the past are now being denied. Two years ago, applications at Baylor increased by over 35%. They are now recommending that students apply over the summer to increase their chances.

10 You are competing against other TAMS students, other students in Texas, students in other states in the US, and students from around the world. You need to make your application the best it can be to stand out in a GOOD way.

11 Essays Essays are often the deciding factor when 2 candidates have similar academic records. You can not just throw something together the night before you send your application. You need to give your essays thought, then polish and refine them. This is your chance to show what is special or unique about you. Use the “thumb” test.

12 Here is what UT Austin has to say… –It would be nice (maybe) if the University of Texas were filled with heroic leaders who had all been dramatically influenced by all of their academic subjects and extracurricular activities, but it’s not, and we don’t expect it to be anytime soon. Instead, it is made up of a host of interesting, unique individuals who have made a wide range of contributions to their families, their schools, or their communities and attained many different kinds and levels of achievement. If we are “looking for” anything in these essays, we are looking for YOU – the unique individual that stands behind all those numbers and grades and test scores. These essays are an opportunity for you to introduce us to you.

13 don’t just repeat the question, introduce your idea illustrate your points with specific examples and interesting details bring the reader to some conclusion; don’t just repeat what you’ve already said write to convey your ideas clearly and easily; don’t write to “impress” write about what’s specific to you; not what you think we want to hear express yourself; could your parents pick out your essay from a pile of 50 others?

14 Think about your activities Begin organizing your resume. Think about extracurricular activities, volunteer work, jobs, etc. Think about how much time you give to each. Think about which means the most to you and why. Think about what trends are shown.

15 Think about money There are scholarships out there, but many will require you to do extra work, write an essay, read a book, etc. Plan to leave some time for these. Remember that textbooks will cost you money – your books for this school year cost over $500. Even a $100 scholarship helps.

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