2 Options in your college search Out-of-State Colleges= 3,400 CollegesOnly 23 universities in Colorado for you to considerDifferent sizesDifferent locationsCostsIncrease search= find match and right fit
3 Take time to Learn about yourself Some questions to consider:Do I like the city or country?Individual attention vs. work well on my ownDo I like a lot of activity?What environments challenge and excite me?Academically:What is your GPA?What are your test scores?How many honors/Aps have you taken?What are your extracurricular activities?Class rank
4 Know the college The academic profile Class size Student to teacher ratioSchool populationMajorsExtracurricular activitiesCampus and surroundings
5 College search timeline Sophomore YearStart your college searchJunior YearMake a college listStandardized testsGo to college fairs and speak with representatives visiting your schoolVisit collegesSenior YearComplete admission and scholarship applicationsSubmit financial aid forms
6 Types of Admissions Plans RollingEarly Action (EA)Restrictive Early Action(REA)Early Decision (ED)Regular Decision (RG)Talk about common app vs. school specific app
7 Who Reads your application? Who will be reading your application for admission? What matters most in your application?
8 Your ApplicationTranscriptTestingRecommendationsExtracurricular ActivitiesEssaysInterviewDemonstrated Interest
9 TranscriptStrength of curriculumClassroom performanceNumber of solid courses taken- especially senior yearReviewed within context of the school a student attends
10 ACT vs. SAT SAT Subject Tests Test Optional Superscore Standardized TestingACT vs. SATSAT Subject TestsTest OptionalSuperscore
11 Teacher and Counselor Recommendations Ask far in advance to give the teacher and counselor plenty of time to write a thoughtful recommendationAsk a teacher who knows you well and can speak about your strengths and weaknessesTeacher recommendation should be an academic teacher from junior or senior yearSpend time talking with your counselor about your accomplishments and plans.Teacher who gave you an “A” isn’t always the best choice
12 Extracurricular Activities How important is your involvement outside of the classroom? Looking for quality, not quantity!
13 Let your personality come through in the essay! EssaysLet your personality come through in the essay!The essay provides insight into who you areDemonstration of your writing abilities
14 Interview You are more than just a GPA and test score! If offered, take advantage of the opportunity to interviewTips for a great admissions interviewBring questions with youDo your research on the college before your interviewPractice interviewing
15 Sample interview questions Why are you interested in X College and why do you feel you are a good fit?What classes have you enjoyed most in high school?What do you want to major in?Tell me about the extracurricular activities you’ve been involved with.What has been your proudest achievement so far?How would you describe yourself?What do you do in the summertime?What about you is unique?
16 Demonstrated Interest Campus VisitAdmissions InterviewCollege FairHigh School VisitWho should I contact with questions?
17 Making the most of your college visit Do as much as that college/university will allow during your visit!Things to consider:Campus tourObserving a classChatting with a professor in your academic area of interestHaving lunch in the cafeteria with current studentsMeeting with the President of a club or organization in which you are interestedMeeting with an athletic coachMeeting with a financial aid counselorInterview with an admissions counselorOvernight visit
18 Aspen UniversityProfile: AU was founded in The campus is located thirty minutes from Denver, CO. Students pursue a wide range of internship opportunities in the Denver area. Recognizing AU’s excellence in education, U.S.News and World Report has ranked AU consistently among the "top national universities" in its annual publications, and named the University a "best value" in its 2010 rankings. Nearly 75 percent of AU undergraduates study abroad during their time at the University. Students participate in 15 division III sports, as well as many club s and organizations. 96% of the faculty at AU holds a Ph.D or equivalent. Student Body= 2,300 Freshman Class Profile Admit rate= 44% Average GPA= 3.7 Mid 50% ACT composite= Mid 50% SAT composite (without writing)= Admission Factors: Holistic review process where we evaluate the strength of curriculum and grades, recommendations, strength of writing and extracurricular involvement. Admission interviews are highly recommended; strongly value the fit between you and the College. Institutional Priorities for this year: Admit more students with strong science and math background. Our theater program needs more talented students to be a part of productions. More national diversity.
19 Student: David Smith (Chicago, IL) Liberty High School High School Profile: 65% attend 4-year colleges, public high school serving 2,000 students. AP Courses offered: 14 9th Grade Grade 10th Grade Grade English 9 C English 10 B Geometry B+ Pre-Calc honors A Spanish 1 C Chemistry honors B World Geography B Spanish 2 C Biology A World Politics B GPA= 2.86 GPA= th Grade Grade 12th Grade* Grade English 11 honors B AP English Lit B AP Calc AB A AP Calc BC A AP Env. Science A AP Physics A Spanish 3 B Government B US History C Economics C GPA= 3.2 *1st quarter grades Cumulative GPA= 3.02 Activities: Was involved with baseball until sophomore year. No involvement since quitting baseball. No interview or engagement with the admissions office ACT English- 30 Math- 34 Reading- 30 Science- 34 Composite= 32
20 Student: Kristen Bell (Seattle, WA) Mountain Academy Profile: An independent secondary school. 100% of graduates attend 4-year colleges or universities. Regular classes on a 4.0 scale and AP classes are weighted on a 5.0 scale. 9th Grade Grade 10th Grade Grade English 9 honors A Spanish 3 C Geometry honors B World History Honors C Biology honors A English 10 Honors C Spanish 2 A AP Biology C GPA= 3.75 GPA= 2.0 (UW) 2.25 (W) 11th Grade Grade 12th Grade* Grade US History A AP Macroecon A AP Psychology A AP Gov’t/Pol A AP English Language A AP English A Pre-Calc/ Trig B AP Calculus AB B Chemistry honors A Physics Honors A Media Production B *1st quarter grades GPA= 3.67 (UW) 4.0 (W) Cumulative GPA = 3.74(weighted) 3.36 (unweighted) ACT= English- 25 Math- 25 Reading- 26 Science- 24 Composite= 25 Involvement: President of NHS, Captain of volleyball team, completed 100 hours of community service, volunteers at a local hospital in her community Visited campus in the fall and had a fantastic interview with an admissions counselor. The counselor found that Kristen had a clear rational for applying the College, mature personality and would contribute immensely to the community with her commitment to service. Important to note that she became extremely ill during her sophomore year and missed a lot of school. We will see a dip in her grades this year.
21 Student: Susan Young (Denver, CO) Dakota Prep Profile: An independent school with 700 students. 92% attend a four-year college or university. All courses are considered honors level. No AP courses are offered. 9th Grade Grade 10th Grade Grade 9th English A 10th English A 9th History A 10th History A Algebra 2 A Geometry B French 2 A Biology 1 A Beginning Drama A French 3 B GPA= 4.0 Intermediate Drama A GPA= th Grade Grade 12th Grade Grade Adv. Composition A Irish Literature A Shakespeare Comedies A Society and Self Lit A US History A Intro to World CinemaA Trigonometry B Statistics B Chemistry 1 B Chemistry 2 A French 4 A French 5 B Theater Arts 3 A Art 1 A GPA= 3.71 *1st semester grades Cumulative GPA= 3.77 ACT: English-28 Math- 26 Reading- 27 Science- 26 Composite= 27 Activities: Theater (school and community), School newspaper (Editor-in-chief), 3 week summer program in Cambridge Came to presentation at Dakota Prep by admissions representative.
22 Contact InformationJennifer Motzer Lake Forest College Associate Director of Admissions Regionally Based in Denver