Presentation on theme: "Planning for College Kim Gentile The University of Akron."— Presentation transcript:
1 Planning for CollegeKim GentileThe University of Akron
2 Planning for College Discussion Topics Consider College CharacteristicsAcademic Preparation and ACT and SAT testsCollect Information/College Information SourcesSchedule Campus VisitsApply for AdmissionDevelop a Plan to Finance Your EducationReview and Finalize Your Plans
3 Consider College Characteristics Majors and educational programsLocation and size of schoolCost and financial assistanceType of school and degrees offeredAdmission policyCollege affiliation and accreditationCampus activitiesSupport services
4 Options after High School Community collegesPublic colleges and universitiesPrivate colleges and universities
5 Community Colleges Advantages Technical degrees Transfer degrees and courseworkPartnership programsCosts, proximity to homeAlmost half of all U.S. college students attend community colleges
6 Public Colleges/Universities 13 in OhioAdvantagesWide range of academic programsBroad range of student life experiences and opportunitiesDiverse types of institutions from which to chooseMetropolitan, urban, rural, selective, moderately selective, open, large, medium, small
7 Public Colleges/Universities Advantages cont.Affordable tuition optionsFinancial assistance (merit and need based)Ability to transfer credit from community collegesOpportunities for graduate and professional studiesRegional campus optionsMajor sports programs
8 Private Colleges/Universities AdvantagesSmall size of classesLow faculty/student ratioOpportunities for student leadershipStrong financial aid and scholarship opportunitiesWide range of locations, affiliations, and costs
9 ACT and SAT Testing ACT – www.ACT.org Test dates: Multiple choice tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoningOptional writing test; strongly recommendedTest dates:Oct. 26, 2013Dec. 14, 2013Feb. 8, 2014
10 ACT and SAT Testing SAT – collegeboard.org Test dates: Tests in Critical Reading, Writing, and MathMost questions are multiple choice. Some math questions do not provide choices, but require the student to supply the answer.Test dates:Nov. 2, 2013Dec. 7, 2013Jan. 25, 2014
11 College Information Sources Internet/Web sitesCollege/university Web sitesCollege representatives and college fairsSummit County College Day – Sunday, Oct. 13 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at UACounselors and teachersParents, students and alumni
12 College and University Visits Contact the Admissions Office to schedule a campus visitMake arrangements to attend an information session, take a campus tour, schedule an interview, visit classes, and meet with facultyIf possible, visit when school is in sessionTypes of visit opportunities:Large open house visit programsBus tours to campusesIndividual visitsOvernight visits
13 Applying for Admission Narrow your choicesReview college admission test requirementsKnow application fees and deadlinesKnow scholarship requirementsSubmit application materialsApplication for admissionMost schools have an online application onlyOSU, Miami and UC are Common App schoolsHigh school transcriptAdmission test results (ACT or SAT)University of Cincinnati, Miami University and The Ohio State University require scores to be sent directly from the testing agency.
14 Tips for Writing a college essay Get started by brainstorming.Let your first draft flow.Develop three essay parts – intro, body, conclusion.Be specific.Find a creative angle.Be honest.Get feedback.Proofread and make corrections.
15 Tips for Letters of Recommendation A great recommendation can add depth and excitement to your application.Who should write a letter of recommendation…teacher, school counselor, coach, employer, etc.Choose carefully.Ask early.Provide them with information about yourself…copies of papers you wrote for the teacher; summary of your academic achievements and activities.Appreciate their effort…write them a thank you note.
16 Develop a plan to finance your education Sources of financial aid:Federal and State GovernmentFAFSAGrants, Student Loans, Work-StudyCollege and University ScholarshipsAcademic, leadership, athletic, fine arts scholarshipsEach school distributes scholarships in a unique wayPlease research deadlines and requirements to apply for scholarships
17 Review and Finalize Your Plans Show initiative and be assertiveOpen communication between parents and studentsFollow up with colleges to which you have applied:OrientationOn-campus HousingFinancial Aid
18 Questions? Go Zips! Kim Gentile Senior Associate Director Office of AdmissionsThe University of Akron