Presentation on theme: "College Information for Seniors. El Modena Class of 2013 UCLA UC Santa Cruz UC Davis University of the Pacific Duke Arizona State UC San."— Presentation transcript:
El Modena Class of 2013 UCLA UC Santa Cruz UC Davis University of the Pacific Duke Arizona State UC San Diego Texas Christian Cal Poly San Luis Obispo UC Irvine New York University University of Arizona American Ballet Theatre USC Chapman University UC Santa Barbara CSU Long Beach CSU Fullerton BYU Whitworth University University of San Francisco Syracuse University University of Oregon
Application Dates/Deadlines CSU (California State Universities) Apply at csumentor.edu October 1 - November 30 $55 application fee per campus UC (University of California) Apply at universityofcalifornia.edu November 1 – November 30 $70 application fee per campus Common Application (private universities) Check each school’s application window. Deadlines differ!
Testing Dates/Deadlines CSU/UC – accepts either the SAT or ACT Private universities – check to see which they prefer Community colleges- do not require the ACT or SAT ACT – register at act.org ($35 - $50) October 26 (register by September 27) SAT – register at collegeboard.org (Fee - $50) November 2 (register by October 3)
Letters of Recommendation CSU/UC – Not required Community colleges – Not required Common Application – REQUIRED!
Letters of Rec. continued Ask Early! 2 weeks minimum notice - Remember your recommenders have many letters to write. Include College Information Sheet Available in front office - see Mrs. Lamb Turn in to your counselor when you request your letter Provide Detailed Instructions Include due date, location letter is to be sent, stamped & addressed envelope if necessary (most letters of recommendation are submitted online)
Common Application Process Apply at commonapp.org Enter counselor information correctly Apply early – allow 2 weeks minimum for your counselor to complete your application. Counselors are not available during school vacations.
Common App. Process Cont. You must request your transcript through Parchment.com BEFORE your counselor can submit your application. Send transcript to “Common Application”, NOT to the college. (this is the most common mistake) Mrs. Stringfellow, school registrar (who processes your transcript request), is not available during school vacations. Keep your counselor informed of your application deadlines including the mid-year report (some schools require, not all)
Transcripts Transcripts for ALL colleges must be sent via Parchment.com See Mrs. Stringfellow, school registrar (front office), for more information.
Early Decision – be 100% sure that the college is the best choice for you. Pros Acceptance rate is usually higher than regular admissions Students who aren’t accepted early are still considered with the regular applicant pool Students are usually notified by December = less stress! Students can still apply to other colleges for regular decision Cons Early decision is binding. If admitted, a student must attend or else lose a sizable enrollment deposit A student may apply to only one college early If accepted, a student must withdraw all other college applications A student accepted early must decide to attend before receiving a financial aid package (note that inadequate financial aid is the one allowable reason for breaking an early decision contract)
Early Action - not offered by many colleges In general, early action is a much more attractive option than early decision. Here’s why: Acceptance rate is usually higher for early action than for regular decision Students who are not accepted early are still considered for admission with the regular decision pool Early action is not binding – students are free to apply to other colleges Students can apply early to other colleges Although students receive early notification of acceptance, they do not need to make a decision until the usual May 1 deadline. This allows time to figure out financial aid. If accepted early at a college, the spring semester of a student’s senior year will be far less stressful. Even if accepted early, a student can choose to go to a different college with no penalty.
Financial Aid Attend a Financial Aid Workshop! FAFSA workshop at El Modena, January 2014 Check with local community colleges Ways to pay Grants (free money!) Scholarships (free money!) Work-study or student employment programs (work = $) Loans (must pay back with interest) FAFSA.ed.gov – Free Application for Federal Student Aid Do not use any other site or pay money for this application Application opens January 1 The early bird gets the dough! The later you apply, the less money available.
Scholarships Start your search with a free web site such as www.fastweb.com www.fastweb.com You should never have to pay to apply for a scholarship or receive one Follow the instructions exactly Get help if necessary Dedicate yourself – it will take a lot of your free time!