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0Paul VI Catholic High School Grow in Grace and WisdomCollege Admissions Visits:What We LearnedMrs. Lonnell BattleCollege and Career SpecialistMrs. Eileen HanleyAssistant Principal/Admissions and Student LifeMr. Thomas OpferAssistant Principal/Dean of Faculty
1PurposeTo learn how PVI can better prepare its students for both admission and matriculation at competitive colleges and universities to which many of our students applyTo better acquaint admission directors and admission committee members with Paul VITo develop one-on-one relationships
2Visits to Date University of Virginia College of William and Mary James Madison UniversityVillanova UniversitySt. Joseph’s UniversityGeorgetown UniversityVirginia TechGeorge Mason University
3RIGOR + GPA The Top Consideration Defined as the difficulty of the courses taken combined with the grades received.At the more selective schools, it is not enough to only have one or the other.
4Virginia Tech A GPA below 3.0 at PVI will not gain admission. Honors, AP and dual enrollment courses are advisable.For engineering and architecture, students need to take the most challenging math and science courses their high school offers.Finishing pre-calculus in the junior year makes an applicant more competitive.“The 4.0 at (nearby FCPS high school) may not get into VA Tech.”GPA is not recalculated.A GPA below 3.0 at PVI will not gain admission.
5University of Virginia Difficulty of courses is just as important as GPA, especially in the junior and senior years.UVA ignores non-core classes.Core: math, English, science, social studies, world languageHonors is not helpful if AP is offered.AP courses are important in the core areas.Language in the senior year matters.
6College of William & Mary Looking for “academic stretch” – students taking the most challenging level of coursesWants to see academic electivesWants to see 4 years of world languageThe most competitive candidates will have taken biology, chemistry, physics and math through calculus.SAT is important, but not as important as the combination of courses and grades.
7Georgetown University 80 percent of the applicants fit the university’s profile, but only 17 percent are accepted.Georgetown is looking for a well rounded curriculum.57 percent of applicants with perfect SAT scores were turned down last year – the process is holistic and Georgetown seeks students with a strong work ethic.4 years of world language is smiled upon.4 years of math is expected.What is better, an A in an honors or CP class, or a B in an AP class. Answer: An A in an AP class!
8Georgetown University Academic challenge is important, rigor is key, but balance is acceptable.Each undergrad school has its own admissions committee.GPA is not recalculated.SAT: “not as important as the student thinks, but they are more important than students want them to be.”Recommends 3 SAT II tests.
9James Madison All AP’s are helpful. It is harmful to drop pre-calculus senior year.Wants to see biology, chemistry and physics (especially for science majors)Wants to see 3-5 years of world languageUses a rubric and scoring scale to compute a score based on courses and gradesElectives are factored out.3 main factors: courses, grades, SAT (ACT)4 years of math ending with pre-calculus is fine in most cases but some majors need calculus as well.
10St. Joseph’s University 80 percent acceptance rateSAT: merit scholarship fundsGPA and course selection – top factor, followed by SAT/ACT score and then letters of recommendationAP not a must3 years science2 years world language4 years mathProvides support for students with Learning DisabilitiesHonors College: SAT of 1350 and GPA of 3.75 may apply
11Villanova University Course selection and GPA are the top factors. GPA is not recalculated.Wants to see physicsMust take the most challenging courses the high school offersAP’s are a must “for a student to confidently prove to an admission committee that they can do the work at an academically competitive college or university.”Villanova rates the student’s combination of courses and grades.Four years of math ending in pre-calculus is all right, but they like to see calculus for the STEM programs.
12George Mason University Wants to see a challenging curriculum that is balanced to allow the student to also be successfulDo not take AP’s if you are not prepared to take them.
13The Application EssayIt matters! Admissions representatives read them! It’s an opportunity to share with the school who you are beyond the statistics and facts in the application.
14The Application Essay VA Tech It can be helpful or hurtful. The best essays are genuine and heartfelt.Pet peeves – typos and misspelled wordsBe careful to put the name of the school you are addressing!!!UVa:A bad essay can keep a student out, but a good one is not enough alone; a good one might tip the decision to acceptance in a borderline case.William and Mary:It is very important.It should tell a story and strike a chord with the readerA dark essay is a red flag.It has to illustrate the student’s voiceOne recent year, W&M flagged the top 5 percent of student essays. Of this group, 73% gained admission even though over half of them were below the average SAT score for that year.Georgetown:Get any facts you use in the essay correct.It plays many roles: shows your writing skills; shows your ability to follow directions; allows the committee members to imagine how you would act in class; allows you to talk to the committee.It needs an authentic voice and toneThe effort exhibited on the essay show how much the student wants to attend the schoolToo brief (one paragraph) – it’s overMake it specific to the school.James Madison:It is optional.If you do it, do it well.
15University of Virginia The Application EssayVillanova University“They are a very important part of our admission review. A window into the student’s personality as we call it.”It needs to illustrate the student’s voice.It can make the difference for a student “on the fence.”University of VirginiaA bad essay can keep a student out, but a good one is not enough alone; a good one might tip the decision to acceptance in a borderline case.
16College of William & Mary The Application EssayCollege of William & MaryVery importantIt should tell a story and strike a chord with the readerA dark essay is a red flag.It has to illustrate the student’s voiceOne recent year, W&M flagged the top 5 percent of student essays. Of this group, 73% gained admission even though over half of them were below the average SAT score for that year.
17Georgetown University The Application EssayGeorgetown UniversityIt is very important.Get any facts you use in the essay correct.It plays many roles: shows your writing skills; shows your ability to follow directions; allows you to talk to the committee; gives insight to student in classroom.It needs an authentic voice and tone.The effort exhibited on the essay shows how much the student wants to attend the school.Too brief (one paragraph) – it’s overMake it specific to the school.
18St. Joseph’s University George Mason University The Application EssayJames MadisonOptional; if you do it, do it well.If you have applied for a scholarship, it may be used by that committee.St. Joseph’s UniversityIt can be a tipping factor either way.George Mason UniversityFirst to partner with YouTube for video essay
19Extracurricular Activities Schools look for long-term involvement and leadership.Villanova UniversityVery service orientedWants “to see that a students has a dimension outside the classroom”Virginia TechLikes to see leadership, service, summer studies, exposure to field of study
20Extracurricular Activities College of William and MaryActivities that demonstrate the student’s passionGeorgetown UniversityThe list of activities should be echoed in the letters of recommendation and the essay.Jobs as well as taking care of siblings or elderly relatives are extracurricular activities!
21Extracurricular Activities James Madison UniversityExtracurricular activities figure into scholarship considerations.St. Joseph’s UniversityService is highly encouraged.
22Letter of Recommendation Counselor’s letter – “floodlight”; very importantTeacher’s letter – “spotlight”; highlights academic abilities in that particular classMore is not betterLetters may be passed onto the other committees for scholarship consideration.
23Upcoming DatesCollege Visits to PVI – PVI Grab Bag, Naviance, Announcements, MonitorsSaturday – College Application Essay WorkshopParents Naviance Night – September 27 (limited)Trip to Wheeling Jesuit University, October 9-10
24Parting ThoughtMichael Walsh, Director of Admissions at JMU, wants students, parents and high schools to focus on how to better prepare students for college rather than to focus on how to get students into college. He states this will be more beneficial.