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1 Applying to College Anna Batie, Program Associate for Outreach September 2014 Anna Batie, Program Associate for Outreach September 2014

2 About Us  The Washington Student Achievement Council is a cabinet-level state agency that provides strategic planning, oversight, and advocacy to support increased student success and higher levels of educational attainment in Washington.  The 12 th Year Campaign is an agency initiative that combines the national College Application Campaign and College Goal Washington. The campaign’s goal is to raise the number of students, particularly those from low-income or underrepresented populations, who successfully complete college applications and apply for financial aid.  The Washington Student Achievement Council is a cabinet-level state agency that provides strategic planning, oversight, and advocacy to support increased student success and higher levels of educational attainment in Washington.  The 12 th Year Campaign is an agency initiative that combines the national College Application Campaign and College Goal Washington. The campaign’s goal is to raise the number of students, particularly those from low-income or underrepresented populations, who successfully complete college applications and apply for financial aid.

3 Agenda Parts of a College Application What Admissions Officers Look For College Application Timeline Resources

4 Two-Year vs. Four-Year Applications Two-Year College (Open Admissions)  Personal Information  Transcript  Financial Aid Information  COMPASS/Accuplacer placement test  Program-specific prerequisites Four-Year College (Selective Admissions)  Personal Information  Transcript  Letter of Recommendation  Standardized Test Scores  Financial Aid Information  Resume of Activities  Essay and Short Answer Questions

5 Letters of Recommendation  Ask someone who knows you well.  Ex. Teacher, counselor, pastor, employer  How long has this person known you? In what capacity?  Don’t ask a family member  Ask the writer at least one month before your application is due.  Provide them with your essay and student activities list or resume.  Ask one academic and one character recommendation (say, a teacher and a coach or employer).  Provide them with the required forms and a stamped and addressed envelope.  Don’t forget to send a thank you card!  Ask someone who knows you well.  Ex. Teacher, counselor, pastor, employer  How long has this person known you? In what capacity?  Don’t ask a family member  Ask the writer at least one month before your application is due.  Provide them with your essay and student activities list or resume.  Ask one academic and one character recommendation (say, a teacher and a coach or employer).  Provide them with the required forms and a stamped and addressed envelope.  Don’t forget to send a thank you card! Letters of recommendation provide evidence that you are a good candidate for admission from the perspective of someone who knows you well.

6 Resume of Activities  Possible activities include:  Clubs  Sports  Jobs  Student government  Community service  Religious involvement (youth groups, etc.)  Arts or music  Describe:  The impact the activity had on you.  Any leadership roles.  Length of time you participated.  Possible activities include:  Clubs  Sports  Jobs  Student government  Community service  Religious involvement (youth groups, etc.)  Arts or music  Describe:  The impact the activity had on you.  Any leadership roles.  Length of time you participated. Most colleges will ask you to include a resume of activities as part of the application. Some colleges and universities will ask you to write about every activity you took part in, while others will ask you to write about 3-5 significant activities.

7 Application Essay  Discuss how your family’s experience or cultural history enriched you or presented you with opportunities or challenges in pursuing your educational goals.  Tell us a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.  Why do you feel that Seattle University is a good match with your educational goals?  Discuss how your family’s experience or cultural history enriched you or presented you with opportunities or challenges in pursuing your educational goals.  Tell us a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.  Why do you feel that Seattle University is a good match with your educational goals? The goal of the essay is to demonstrate your fit with the college or university, and to address things that maybe were unable to be addressed in other parts of the application.

8 Agenda Parts of a College Application What Admissions Officers Look For College Application Timeline Resources

9 What Admissions Officers Look For Academic rigor, quality of senior year courses, and grade trends. Extracurricular activities. Ability to enhance the diversity of the university. Academic performance relative to opportunity. Did you take advantage opportunities available to you? Comprehensive Application Review

10 Show What You’ve Learned Diversity Interest Community involvement Evidence of past and future academic performance Fit Ability to grow and learn from challenges Evidence of critical thinking Reflection Tone Use of appropriate examples Organization and focus Ability to follow directions Writing

11 Agenda Parts of a College Application What Admissions Officers Look For College Application Timeline Resources

12 September  Figure out which colleges are the “right fit” for you.  Make your reach/target/safety list. Plan on applying to 3-6 colleges.  Identify references for letters of recommendation.  Create a calendar of application deadlines.  Figure out which colleges are the “right fit” for you.  Make your reach/target/safety list. Plan on applying to 3-6 colleges.  Identify references for letters of recommendation.  Create a calendar of application deadlines. SeptemberOctoberNovemberDecemberJanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJune

13 Finding the Right Fit  Size  Location  Type of College  Program of Study  Student Services  Student Life  Personal Values

14 Reach, Target, Safety Reach Academically challenging--you may not quite fit the college’s academic profile. Selective admissions. Potentially high cost of attendance. Target You are likely to be admitted based on your academic profile. You would be happy attending that college. Would not be financially overwhelming to attend. Safety You are almost certain to be admitted. You would be happy and get a good education there. Affordable with reasonable effort.

15 October  Draft your admissions essays.  Talk with your English teacher or counselor about your essays.  Request your official high school transcripts.  Take the SAT or ACT and have test scores sent to colleges.  Draft your admissions essays.  Talk with your English teacher or counselor about your essays.  Request your official high school transcripts.  Take the SAT or ACT and have test scores sent to colleges. OctoberNovemberDecemberJanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJune

16 November  Finish application essays.  Visit campuses of the colleges you’re interested in.  Attend a College Application Campaign event.  NACAC College Fair  Seattle Oct 31 and Nov 1  Portland Nov 2 and 3  Spokane Nov 5  Finish application essays.  Visit campuses of the colleges you’re interested in.  Attend a College Application Campaign event.  NACAC College Fair  Seattle Oct 31 and Nov 1  Portland Nov 2 and 3  Spokane Nov 5 NovemberDecemberJanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJune

17 December  Be aware of admissions deadlines for your schools of choice—December brings early admission application deadlines and some regular admissions deadlines, too.  Attend financial aid workshops and begin preparing the documents you’ll need to file your FAFSA or WASFA.  Be aware of admissions deadlines for your schools of choice—December brings early admission application deadlines and some regular admissions deadlines, too.  Attend financial aid workshops and begin preparing the documents you’ll need to file your FAFSA or WASFA. DecemberJanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJune

18 January and February  Complete the FAFSA or WASFA.  Attend a College Goal Washington event.  Complete college and scholarship applications.  Keep your grades up!  Complete the FAFSA or WASFA.  Attend a College Goal Washington event.  Complete college and scholarship applications.  Keep your grades up! JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJune

19 March and April  Update your FAFSA after your parents file their taxes.  Review acceptance letters and financial aid awards.  Decide which college you will be attending.  Send in any required materials to the college you’ve chosen.  Update your FAFSA after your parents file their taxes.  Review acceptance letters and financial aid awards.  Decide which college you will be attending.  Send in any required materials to the college you’ve chosen. MarchAprilMayJune

20 May and June  May 1: National Candidates Reply Date  Send thank you notes to teachers, counselors, and references who helped you.  Request that your final transcript be sent to your college of choice.  Be aware of college deadlines for housing, deposits, orientation, and registration.  Congratulations on your graduation!  May 1: National Candidates Reply Date  Send thank you notes to teachers, counselors, and references who helped you.  Request that your final transcript be sent to your college of choice.  Be aware of college deadlines for housing, deposits, orientation, and registration.  Congratulations on your graduation! MayJune

21 Agenda Parts of a College Application What Admissions Officers Look For College Application Timeline Resources

22 Test and Application Fee Waivers  ACT:  SAT (the College Board):  National Association for College Admission Counseling:  High school guidance counselors  ACT:  SAT (the College Board):  National Association for College Admission Counseling:  High school guidance counselors

23 Web Resources  Ready Set Grad:  College Cost Navigator:  Big Future:  Community and Technical Colleges of Washington State:  Ready Set Grad:  College Cost Navigator:  Big Future:  Community and Technical Colleges of Washington State:


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