Presentation on theme: "College Application Night"— Presentation transcript:
1College Application Night Avon Grove High SchoolGuidance DepartmentSeptember 30thAvon Grove Guidance CounselorsElaine Markowitz and Duane CarrollWelcome to College Application Night. It is great to see such a high turnout. I assume you have plenty of questions regarding the college application process.For example:Where do I start?When are applications due?How do I go about writing an essay?Who do I ask for letters of recommendation?How will I pay for college?We hope to answer these questions and more throughout the presentation. At the end, we will break out into smaller groups with individual guidance counselors to answer more specific questions and review applications.So let’s get started!
2The topics that we will cover The college identification processCollege application strategiesUsing the Common ApplicationWriting the college essayFinancial aidScholarships
3So you want to go to college….. Avon Grove High School Graduates:65% go on to 4 year colleges19 % go on to 2 year or Technical Schools.According to the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education*,PA ranks 5th in the nation for sending high school students to collegePA ranks 45th in the nation for graduating the same studentsAccording to higheredinfo.org, PA colleges and universities have an 80% retention rate (after the first year of school), and 65.7% graduation rate for Bachelor's degrees (graduation within 6 years)According to US News and World Report, 1 in 3 students do not return to college after the first year
4Why are you going to college? What is the college experience?How much does that cost?Have you done the research?What the retention/graduation/transfer rates are for schools that you are interested in?What are some of your must have’s?
6Common Sites to search Others??? www.fiskeguide.com (retention rates info.)Others???
7Overview of the College Application timeline. Research schoolsNarrow choicesWhat are the “filters that you are using?Apply to schoolsWaaaaiiiiiittttMake final selectionHigh School visits or fairsGo to websites for individual colleges!Last spring most of our juniors started exploring potential colleges.Students may have used the eDiscover program through the high school’s website. If you need your username and password, please see Ms. Meyers or your guidance counselor.eDiscover allows students to search for colleges by characteristics and helps narrow down the vast amount of colleges across the United States.Majors, Type of Degree, Admissions Selectivity, Geographic Location, etc.Rolling Admissions: The earlier you apply the more likely you will be accepted. Students typically hear back within 5 -6 weeks.Early Action (Non-Binding)Early Decision (Binding)Regular Admissions – The deadline varies from school to school, typically January 1.Wait to hear!!! This is probably the hardest part having to wait and see.Students should start to hear back on Regular Admission decisions in early April and will need to make a decision and make a deposit by May 1 for most schools.
8Reality Check of the schools you are interested in… How Likely are you 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..
10Here are the Pieces of the college application #2 Supplemental Information#1 Student appliesTypically online/paper applicationStudent uploads essay or personal statement if appropriateStudent pays the application feeStudent/parents requests a transcript be sent from the high school to collegeStudent arranges for letters of recommendation to be sent
11How do you send your transcript and other information to colleges? You must use Avon Grove High School Transcript request form
12Transcript Request Form Avon Grove HS Transcript Request FormEach school or scholarship application requires a separate formand a check or money order for $5 for each request made payable to Avon Grove High School.Allow 10 school days for the requested transcript to be sent.Fill this form out completely and return to the Guidance Office.Student Name (print clearly) _________________________________________________________________Institution/Scholarship Name _________________________________________________________________Institution/Scholarship Address _________________________________________________________________Application Deadline Date _______________ Proposed Major________________________________Type of Application: Online or Paper Counselor Form Attached? Yes NoCommon Application Used? Yes NoDid you select Mr. Carroll as Counselor? Yes No Include Keystone Scores? Yes NoTranscripts include your top SAT scores; however, most institutions require SAT scores to be reported directly from College Board.Recommendation Letters to Include: Are these on file? Yes / No If a letter is on file, please list names on lines below.______________________________ _____________________________If a letter is not on file please, provide the teacher with a stamped, addressed envelope. Also, please ask the teacher(s) to send a copy of the recommendation letter to the Guidance Office for your file for future applications.Please note that families do not have access to recommendations on file in the Guidance Office without the written permission of the evaluator.Parent/Guardian InformationIf there are any questions in reference to this form, a parent/guardian will be contacted by or phone. Please provide a parent/guardian’s address or phone number so contact can be made in a timely manner.Parent/Guardian Address ____________________________________________________Parent/Guardian Phone Number ____________________________________________________Parent/Guardian Signature (required) ____________________________________________________
13Guidance Procedures Complete the Transcript Request Form $5.00/per One for each schoolThe request will be sent outwithin 10 working daysPaperclip it to the application orto the counselor section of theon-line application
14The Process of Applying Online ApplicationPreferred by most schools.Paper Application DCCC, Del Tech; and some others……Accepted at over 500 schoolsSupplement section is college specificto see the list or get started.There are two ways to apply to college - either online or the paper application. Colleges will tell you that this does not make a difference to who is accepted. However, we can tell you that the online application is processed quicker. The paper application has to be entered into the computer system and that takes time.You may have come across the option to use the Common Application. Currently the Common Application is accepted by 299 of the nation’s most selective colleges and universities.Once completed online or in print, copies of the Common Application can be sent to any number of participating colleges.However, be sure to fill out the supplement section if your specific college requires it. This is on a school by school basis.The Common Application requires 2 teacher evaluations and a school report. The teacher evaluations are in addition to the letters of recommendation we will talk about a little later.
15Use Google Chrome when applying with the common application! Please select Mr. Carroll in two sections of the Common Application1st spot: Mr. Duane Carroll (counselor)2nd spot: Under Recommenders:
16(two to three) Target Schools Applying to CollegeStrategy(one) Reach School(two to three) Target Schools(one) Safety SchoolDon’t put all your eggs in one basket!We recommend that students apply to 4-5 colleges. How do you know what category the schools you are looking at fall into? The first thing to look at is the average admission standards for each specific school. For example, average GPA, Rank, and SAT score.Reach is a school with criteria above your current GPA, Rank, and SAT score, but you may apply to one of these schools just to see if you can get in. This is where your extracurricular activities throughout high school, letters of recommendation, and essay can help your chances of being accepted.Target is a school that has the average GPA, Rank, and SAT score right where you are now. It’s helpful to apply to 2-3 of these schools to allow you to have a choice of where to attend. Sometimes you are going to be dead set on a school, but if you truly do not have a preference the financial aid package may help in your decision.Safety school is just that. You have a higher GPA, Rank, and SAT score than what they require. You apply to one of these schools so you know that you are definitely going somewhere a year from now. The ultimate safety school would be a community college as they are open admissions. Meaning that everyone can attend there.
17(Keep deadlines in mind!) Types of Admissions(Keep deadlines in mind!)Early ActionNon-Binding CommitmentYou will receive the admission decision earlier.Early DecisionBinding CommitmentRolling AdmissionsThe 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!Regular AdmissionsThe deadline varies from school to school
18Admission Tests SAT ACT www.collegeboard.org Upcoming Tests SATUpcoming TestsDate Deadline StatusOct Sep 30 Late RegisterNov Oct 9 Register NowUpcoming TestsDate Deadline StatusOctober 25, September October Late RegisterDecember 13, November 7 RegisterNOW
19Letters 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 don’t ask for letters of recommendation so make sure to know which schoolswant them and which schools don’t!
20Letters of Recommendation From TeachersFrom CounselorsFrom Coaches/Employers/Advisors
21Letters from Teachers Ask at least 2 teachers It helps if the teacher: Knows you for excelling in classKnows you for more than 1 yearBe careful with the common applicationMake sure that you have contact with the teacher... No surprises please.Please give teachers at least 2 weeks to write letters of recommendation
22Keep an eye on admissions deadlines When You Ask…What to have ready when approaching a teacher for a letter of recommendationActivity ResumeGPA – see your counselorStudent Recommendation Form“Brag Sheet”EnvelopeAddressed to the college of your choice (Remember a stamp)Addressed to the Guidance Office (No stamp)Keep an eye on admissions deadlines
23Tips to Keep in Mind1. 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.
24Letters from Counselors Does the University/College require them?Fill out the Student Recommendation Form“Brag Sheet”
25Letters from Coaches/Employers/Advisors Only ask for these if you are:Currently working in a field related to your intended majorPlanning to play sports in collegeTaking leadership roles in activities
26Your 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
27Getting Started Think about your audience and your objectives Think about what you want to sayDevelop and organize your materialOutline your ideasReview basic writing and grammar rules
28Hey (insert family member), can you look over my essay?- “Over edited essays lose all their personality. Applicants shouldn’t 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.
29Don’t just substitute the new school’s name! Reusing your EssaysThe good news is …The bad news…Don’t just substitute the new school’s name!
30Typical Questions Don’t give typical answers! What academic areas or extracurricular activities interest you the most?Why do you want to attend this college?
32Common Application Questions Common Application Essay PromptsSome students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture,
33Financial AidOnce you get accepted…..then it’s time to figure out how the bills get paid!
34Financial Aid Night Avon Grove High School To Be Determined… Early January 2015
35FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) FED-AID ( )Paper ApplicationOn-Line Application(2 PINs needed-Student and Parent)File after January 1, 2015Deadline: June 30, 2015
36Selective ServiceMales age must register to be eligible for Federal/State Financial AidCan register on the FAFSAform
37PHEAA (Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency) File FAFSA before May 1, 2015 to qualify
38CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE Required by some schools to award Non-Federal AidorThere is a general registration feePlus a fee for each school report sentThe list of schools requiring the PROFILE can be found on the form, on-line, or by contacting the individual school’s Financial Aid Office
39Institutional Applications Check with each school’s Financial Aid Office to inquire if they have their own financial aid forms.
40Financial Aid Falls into 2 Categories Need-basedDepends on the cost of college and your family’s ability to pay these costsMerit-basedUsually awarded in recognition of special skills or academic ability
414 Types of Financial Aid Scholarships Grants Work Study Federal Loans Private Bank Loans
43Award Factors Academic achievement Athletic ability Artistic ability Choice of majorFinancial needEthnicity, gender, or other group membership
44Locating Scholarships Colleges of interest and their financial aid officeGuidance web pageInternet search sites:EmployersLocal organizations
45Scholarships (continued) Scam“This scholarship is guaranteed or your money back.”“You can’t 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!