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College Application Night Avon Grove High School Guidance Department September 30 th Avon Grove Guidance Counselors Elaine Markowitz and Duane Carroll.

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1 College Application Night Avon Grove High School Guidance Department September 30 th Avon Grove Guidance Counselors Elaine Markowitz and Duane Carroll

2 The topics that we will cover The college identification process College application strategies Using the Common Application Writing the college essay Financial aid Scholarships

3 Avon Grove High School Graduates: 65% go on to 4 year colleges 19 % go on to 2 year or Technical Schools. According to the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education*, PA ranks 5 th in the nation for sending high school students to college PA ranks 45 th in the nation for graduating the same students According to, 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 So you want to go to college…..

4 Why 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?

5 How are you locating possible schools?

6 Common Sites to search (retention rates info.) Others???

7 Overview of the College Application timeline. 1.Research schools 2.Narrow choices What are the “filters that you are using? 1.Apply to schools 2.Waaaaiiiiiitttt 3.Make final selection High School visits or fairs Go to websites for individual colleges!

8 Reality 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..

9 SAT Scores

10 Here are the Pieces of the college application #1 Student applies Typically online/paper application Student uploads essay or personal statement if appropriate Student pays the application fee #2 Supplemental Information Student/parents requests a transcript be sent from the high school to college Student arranges for letters of recommendation to be sent

11 How do you send your transcript and other information to colleges? You must use Avon Grove High School Transcript request form

12 Transcript Request Form Avon Grove HS Transcript Request Form Each school or scholarship application requires a separate form and 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 PaperCounselor Form Attached? Yes No Common Application Used? Yes No Did you select Mr. Carroll as Counselor? YesNo Include Keystone Scores?YesNo Transcripts 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 Information If there are any questions in reference to this form, a parent/guardian will be contacted by email or phone. Please provide a parent/guardian’s email address or phone number so contact can be made in a timely manner. Parent/Guardian Email Address ____________________________________________________ Parent/Guardian Phone Number ____________________________________________________ Parent/Guardian Signature (required) ____________________________________________________

13 Guidance Procedures Complete the Transcript Request Form $5.00/per –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

14 The Process of Applying Online Application –Preferred by most schools. Paper Application DCCC, Del Tech; and some others…… –Accepted at over 500 schools –Supplement section is college specific – to see the list or get

15 Use Google Chrome when applying with the common application! Please select Mr. Carroll in two sections of the Common Application 1 st spot: Mr. Duane Carroll (counselor) 2 nd spot: Under Recommenders:

16 Applying to College Strategy (one) Reach School (two to three) Target Schools (one) Safety School Don’t put all your eggs in one basket!

17 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! Regular Admissions The deadline varies from school to school

18 Admission Tests SAT ACT Upcoming Tests Date Deadline Status  Oct 11 Sep 30 Late Register  Nov 8 Oct 9 Register NowRegister Now Upcoming Tests Date Deadline Status  October 25, September October 3 Late Register  December 13, November 7 Register NOW

19 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 don’t ask for letters of recommendation so make sure to know which schools want them and which schools don’t!

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

21 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 Make sure that you have contact with the teacher... No surprises please. Please give teachers at least 2 weeks to write letters of recommendation

22 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

23 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.

24 Letters from Counselors Does the University/College require them? Fill out the Student Recommendation Form “Brag Sheet”

25 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

26 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

27 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

28 Hey (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.

29 Reusing your Essays The good news is … The bad news… Don’t just substitute the new school’s name!

30 Typical Questions Don’t give typical answers! What academic areas or extracurricular activities interest you the most? Why do you want to attend this college?

31 Whoops!

32 Common Application Questions 2014-15 Common Application Essay Prompts Some 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,

33 Financial Aid Once you get accepted…..then it’s time to figure out how the bills get paid!

34 Financial Aid Night Avon Grove High School To Be Determined… Early January 2015

35 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) Paper Application On-Line Application (2 PINs needed- Student and Parent) –File after January 1, 2015 –Deadline: June 30, 2015

36 Selective Service Males age 18-25 must register to be eligible for Federal/State Financial Aid 1-888-655-1825 Can register on the FAFSA form

37 PHEAA (Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency) 1-800-692-7392 File FAFSA before May 1, 2015 to qualify

38 CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE Required by some schools to award Non- Federal Aid 1-305-829-9793 or 1-800-778-6888 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 school’s Financial Aid Office

39 Institutional Applications Check with each school’s Financial Aid Office to inquire if they have their own financial aid forms.

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

41 4 Types of Financial Aid 1.Scholarships 2.Grants 3.Work Study 4.Federal Loans 5.Private Bank Loans

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

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

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

45 Scholarships (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!

46 QuestionsQuestions

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