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1 Elizabeth A. Downing University of Pennsylvania


3 Academic Programs Size of Student Body Type of School Location Athletic or Extra-curricular pursuits Cost

4 Family conversations Meetings with your childs college counselor Attend college fairs, college representative visits Use the internet and Naviance as a resource

5 Ideal to visit schools in spring, but attending in the summer is better than not visiting at all. Participate in tours, information sessions and other activities sponsored by the admission office. Look beneath the schools marketing.

6 Decision Plans Rolling Decision, Early Action, Early Action Single Choice/Restrictive, Early Decision, Regular Decision Common Application Financial Aid Need-aware versus need-blind Need-based versus merit-based aid CSS Profile, FAFSA Net Price Calculators

7 Decide whether or not you want to apply to a school Early Decision or Early Action Apply to a range of schools Reach Schools, Comfortable Schools and In-between Schools

8 Standardized Test Scores SAT vs. ACT Subject Tests Test Optional High School Transcript Rigor of curriculum Grades

9 Recommendation Letters Counselor Letter Teacher Letters Supplemental Letters Involvement Outside the Classroom Depth versus Breadth Exceptional Talents Summer Experiences

10 Personal Essays Share something the selection committee does not already know about you ! Trite and Terrific Essay Topics School-Specific Essays Short Answers Interviews Demonstrated Interest

11 Building a class is like assembling an orchestra



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