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1 College Application Night Avon Grove High School Guidance Department September 30 th Mr. Duane Carroll Jennifer Lubins Jason Winkler

2 Overview of the College Identification Process 1.Research schools and Occupations 1.Narrow choices 2.Apply to schools 3.Waaaaiiiiiitttt 4.Make final selection High School visits or fairs Go to websites for individual colleges!

3 Applying to College Strategy (one) Reach School (two to three) Target Schools (one) Safety School Dont put all your eggs in one basket!

4 How Likely Is Your Student to be Admitted to Penn State? The graph on the next page is intended for use as a counseling tool to assist students interested in attending Penn State. Admission to Penn State is competitive, and admission to the University Park campus is particularly competitive..

5 SAT Scores for PSU Main Campus

6 Acceptance to… West Chester University –2012/13 school year- 113 applied, 58 accepted, 55 denied, 21 enrolled. 24 were initially waitlisted. –Average Avon Grove student accepted. GPA- 3.6, SAT: Verbal- 493 Math- 584 (subject to change based on dept. requirements) Indiana University of Pennsylvania 100% of AG students accepted Kutztown University also 100%

7 The Process of Applying Online Application –Preferred/Typical Paper Application –Accepted at over 500 schools –Supplement section is college specific –

8 Admission Tests SATACT Test dates Deadlines November 2 nd Late registration October 18 th December 3 rd Regular- Nov. 8 th Late registration November 22 nd to sign Test dates Deadlines October 26 th Late Registration October 11 th December 14 th Regular- Nov. 8 th Late- Nov. 22 nd to sign * There are late registration dates, but a late fee will be applied*

9 Types of Admissions (Keep deadlines in mind!) Early Action –Non-Binding Commitment –You will receive the admission decision earlier. Early Decision –Binding Commitment Rolling Admissions –The earlier you apply, the more likely that you will be accepted. For example, Indiana University of PA (IUP) receives approx. 12,000 applications per year. Between Sept. - Dec. they receive 2,000 and between Jan. – March they receive 10,000. The longer you wait, the more competition! –Typically due by May 1 Regular Admissions –The deadline varies from school to school

10 Guidance Procedures Complete the Transcript Request Form $5.00/per request –One for each school –The request will be sent out within 10 working days Paperclip it to the application or to the counselor section of the on-line application

11 Transcript Request

12 Your Audience: Admissions Officers Reflect on Application Essays It is crucial that applicants allow themselves to be as personal and self-reflective as possible when writing their essays. Avoid writing about something on a superficial level or resorting to a topic that does not reveal anything special about you. ~ Richard Shaw, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid, Yale University Students should write about what they think is important, not what they think we want to hear ~ Lee Stetson, Dean of Admissions, University of Pennsylvania

13 Getting Started Think about your audience and your objectives Think about what you want to say Develop and organize your material Outline your ideas Review basic writing and grammar rules

14 Hey (insert family member), can you look over my essay? - Over edited essays lose all their personality. Applicants shouldnt have a lot of different people – ESPECIALLY PARENTS – give their input. This can really ruin an essay. ~Karl Furstenberg, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Dartmouth College - Find someone to read and edit your work, such as an English teacher.

15 Reusing your Essays The good news is … The bad news… Dont just substitute the new schools name!

16 Whoops!

17 Typical Questions Dont give typical answers! What academic areas or extracurricular activities interest you the most? Why do you want to attend this college?

18 Letters of Recommendation In situations where all else is equal, such as GPA, SAT score, and essays, the recommendation can be THE distinguishing factor in being accepted! The more specific a student is when they fill out their recommendation form (Brag Sheet), the more detailed and thorough their letter of recommendation will be! UPDATE: Some schools dont ask for letters of recommendation so make sure to know which schools want them and which schools dont! For example: PSU, West Chester University

19 Letters of Recommendation From Teachers From Counselors From Coaches/Employers/Advisors

20 Letters from Teachers Ask at least 2 teachers It helps if the teacher: –Knows you for excelling in class –Knows you for more than 1 year –Be careful with the common application Please give teachers at least 2 weeks to write letters of recommendation

21 When You Ask… What to have ready when approaching a teacher for a letter of recommendation -Activity Resume -GPA – see your counselor -Student Recommendation Form Brag Sheet -Envelope -Addressed to the college of your choice (Remember a stamp) -Addressed to the Guidance Office (No stamp) Keep an eye on admissions deadlines

22 Tips to Keep in Mind 1. Select a teacher who can highlight your strengths. 2. Select a teacher who is enthusiastic about writing this recommendation for you. 3. Select a teacher who supports the program you are entering or who is an alumni.

23 Letters from Counselors Does the University/College require them? Some institutions need a counselor form completed Fill out the Student Recommendation Form Brag Sheet

24 Letters from Coaches/Employers/Advisors Only ask for these if you are: -Currently working in a field related to your intended major -Planning to play sports in college -Taking leadership roles in activities

25 NCAA Clearing House For Division 1 and Division 2 participation as a freshmen Must register with

26 Financial Aid Once you get accepted…..then its time to figure out how the bills get paid!

27 Financial Aid Night Avon Grove High School To Be Determined… Early January 2014

28 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) FED-AID ( ) Paper Application On-Line Application (2 PINs needed- Student and Parent) –File after January 1, 2014 –Deadline: June 30, 2014

29 Selective Service Males age must register to be eligible for Federal/State Financial Aid Can register on the FAFSA form

30 PHEAA (Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency) File FAFSA before May 1, 2014 to qualify

31 CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE Required by some schools to award Non-Federal Aid or There is a general registration fee Plus a fee for each school report sent The list of schools requiring the PROFILE can be found on the form, on-line, or by contacting the individual schools Financial Aid Office

32 Institutional Applications Check with each schools Financial Aid Office to inquire if they have their own financial aid forms.

33 Financial Aid Falls into 2 Categories Need-based –Depends on the cost of college and your familys ability to pay these costs Merit-based –Usually awarded in recognition of special skills or academic ability

34 4 Types of Financial Aid 1.Scholarships 2.Grants 3.Work Study 4.Loans (from the federal 5..)

35 Scholarships Definition Sources –Private –Colleges themselves –Public/government

36 Award Factors Academic achievement Athletic ability Artistic ability Choice of major Financial need Ethnicity, gender, or other group membership

37 Locating Scholarships Colleges of interest and their financial aid office Guidance web page Internet search sites: Employers Local organizations

38 Scholarships (continued) Scam –This scholarship is guaranteed or your money back. –You cant get this information anywhere else. –May I have your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship. –Remember if it sounds too good to be true it probably is!

39 Questions? And Survey

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