Presentation on theme: "Private College Admissions: Building a Class Catherine Waite Assistant Director Undergraduate Admissions Santa Clara University."— Presentation transcript:
Private College Admissions: Building a Class Catherine Waite Assistant Director Undergraduate Admissions Santa Clara University
Why Attend a Private College or University? Academics –Class size, student-faculty ratios –Research opportunities Close-knit communities Financial aid, merit scholarships
Finding a Fit Things to Consider –Location –Size –Mission –How you learn best –Campus community –Extracurricular activities –Tuition/financial aid
What Colleges Look For Academics –Unweighted GPA –Rigor of Classes –Rank –SAT/ACT Personal –Extracurriculars –Essays –Letters of Recommendation If Applicable –Interview –Portfolio –Demonstrated Interest –Institutional Priorities
Extracurricular Activities Examples –Athletics –Instruments –Speech and debate –Internship –Work experience –Community service Recommendations –Consistency –Document your involvement, time commitment, and awards
Letters of Recommendation One to three letters Academic setting: teacher or counselor Other setting: coach, supervisor Recommendations –Who knows you best, build relationships Academics Personal qualities Outside interests
Essays Purpose –Get to know you –Engage –Showcase your written abilities Recommendations – Revise!
Admissions Decisions Holistic Review –Evaluate all components of the application –Seek well-rounded, diverse students What can students contribute to, and gain from, the university?