Charting the College Application Process
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KINGS PARK HIGH SCHOOL PARENT UNIVERSITY OCTOBER 26, 2016 MR. LINO E. BRACCO MR. ANDREW AKAPNITIS PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AKAPNITISA@KPCSD.ORG 631-269-3345 Tonight’s Agenda The college application process Application timeline Two vs Four year institutions The “college list” Letters of recommendation Early Action vs Early Decision Brief overview of scholarships & financial aid What do you have for me? Applying to College Can Be a 2 Part Process August- December: College Applications Paper applications Online applications/Naviance On-site admissions January-March: Financial Aid So You Want to Go to College Apply to more than one school Be aware of Application Options Early Decision- Early decision plans are binding. You get accepted around December. Early Action- Early action plans are similar to early decision plans, but are not binding. You get accepted around December Regular Decision- Apply to multiple colleges and then select by May 1st. Due dates for early action or early decision differ from regular admissions Organization is Important Establish a list of colleges you plan to apply to The longer the list, the better your chances I applied to eleven and was accepted to ten Create a calendar or buy a planner just for college planning Applications Research target application due dates (preferred by colleges) Absolute deadlines Financial Aid Where to Begin The earlier you start, the easier the year. Compile a list of the colleges/programs you are interested in http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/search/index.jsp Make a list of achievements and accolades Know testing deadlines and the latest you can take an exam for each school Draft an academic resume) Include sports, clubs, leadership positions, and volunteer hours My Testing Deadlines August-September: began apps October - ACT November - SAT December - ACT December- SAT II December - submitted all apps? January - SAT The NEW SAT SAT - Coming in March 2016 Important: Hey, Seniors You’ll probably take the test before March 2016, which means you’ll take the current SAT. Your first chance to take the new SAT is March 5. You Changed What? You might be surprised by everything that’s new about the new SAT: All-new essay — and it’s optional No penalty for guessing No vocab that you’ll never use again Know what to expect: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/inside-the-test Quick Facts 4 parts: Reading, Writing and Language, Math, and the optional SAT Essay 400–1600 score scale 3 hours and 50 minutes with the SAT Essay — or 3 hours without it 4 answer choices 4 college application fee waivers for every student who uses an SAT fee waiver Student Resume Definitely an integral part of the application Makes the Common App easier (section on activities) Make yourself stand out Find internships Special programs Quality vs. Quantity Name and contact information Objective or summary statement Work experience Volunteer and extracurricular experience Education Skills The College List-Who makes the Cut? Applications are EXPENSIVE—choose wisely Common App/Reach Schools Brown- $75 Columbia- $80 Princeton- $65 NYU- $70 Yale- $75 Other Schools Siena - $50 FSU- $30 Rutgers- $65 Tulane- FREE LIU - $50 Other Fees SAT Scores- 4 free per test, additional $10 per school Score Choice- choose your best sitting SAT= $47 Includes SAT IIs- ($21** may include an extra $10 charge) Advanced Placement Scores- $15 per college Sends all scores from school year ACT Scores- $10 per test date per school Always take ACT + Writing; many colleges only accept this score Costs more ($48 instead of $33) My Pre-College “Investment” The Common App What it is- a streamlined website to make applying easier Advantages-finish all work and save it to the same location Expedites payment process Only way to apply for some schools Not every school uses the Common App www.commonapp.org Know Your Chances Out-of-state schools may be harder to get into Be aware of admissions rates but don’t be deterred http://thechoice.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/15/colleges-report-2013-acceptance-rates/ Working on the Application Longest part of the process Take your time Proofread—get third party opinions Sell Yourself Be Original Consider the reader- young demographic Components of the Common Application Consists of general application Future Plans Applicant Data Demographics Family Education Academics Activities Writing- 1 short answer, 150 words or fewer, about an extracurricular and THE PERSOANL ESSAY (250 minimum) Specific Supplements for each college Components of the Common App Future Plans- admissions route (early or regular) Applicant Info-name, address, telephone *Demographics- You can opt out of this Family Info-profession, sibling info Education-input CEEB code (there is a search box) Academics-rank, AP scores, SAT scores, current year courses Activities-report extracurricular activities Writing-essay Supplement- varies Personal Essay Trip Gabriel’s article, “The Almighty Essay,” discusses the importance of this essay “The personal essay, they (admissions counselors) all said, growing soft and fuzzy, is the one element where a student’s own voice can be heard through the fog of quantitative data.” Essay can be like a tie-breaker How To Write an Effective Personal Essay Think positively—You can do this! Discuss something you feel strongly about or an experience that changed you Vary your writing style and make your topic sound interesting Be yourself and use your voice Don’t repeat something already stated in your application Grab the reader’s attention right away Sleep with a notebook next to your nightstand—sometimes creativity strikes at the strangest times Personal Essay Topics The Common App’s questions were the following: https://appsupport.commonapp.org/link/portal/33011/33013/Article/1694/What-are-the-2015-16-Common-Application-Essay-Prompts Therefore… There really are no wrong answers But there are poorly written essays The staff of Stevenson University in Maryland was moved by a student’s memories of being a Big Brother, even though he repeatedly spelled it “Big Bother.” Barnard College was puzzled by an applicant who kept referring to her enthusiasm for the “Peace Core.” --The Choice Supplements Each school will ask for different components Some require extended essays (Brown and Princeton) Some require short answers (NYU, Columbia, Yale) Spend an equal amount of time on supplements as on the personal essay Research the school thoroughly if the question calls for it Additional Requirements Send OFFICIAL (sealed) transcripts to each school Provide Guidance with enough time – ask for a 2-week processing window Naviance is your best friend! Be aware of schools that do not accept electronic doc’s Counselor must fill out Secondary, Midyear, and Final Report on class ranking, etc. Forms available at commonapp.org Two letters of Recommendation from teachers, 1 from Counselor Choose teachers who know you and can write an excellent letter about your awesome traits When the Application is Complete… You are halfway there. Submit apps before winter break Create domains on school websites to track your application and documentation received Call undergraduate offices if necessary; it’s their job to help you Make copies of all receipts and of your Applications Keep all correspondence with schools Take a short break because… Financial Aid is Intimidating but “do-able” Two types: need-based and merit based Need-based under $60,000 household= lots of aid (hopefully!) Everyone else usually has to contribute something Merit based Academic standing National Merit Scholar-PSAT results If you need to apply for financial aid, have your parents file their taxes AS SOON AS THEY CAN FAFSA operates on first come, first serve as it is federal student aid You may not qualify for anything but loans—this happened to me Research qualifications for Pell grants Out-of-State schools may still be in reach! The Ivies, especially, have their own system of awarding financial aid Be Proactive Look for scholarships on your own www.fastweb.com www.questbridge.org (need-based) http://www.whitepicketcollege.com/tag/college-scholarships/ **Non-need based www.scholarships.com ** Helpful Sites and Links The Times education blog “The Choice” provides insight into the entire process and has interviews with students in the process of applying ** http://www.admissionsadvice.com/ Common App’s FAQ section Collegeboard.com Act.org NACAC Guide to the College Process www.collegeconfidential.com ** Talking About College is the Easy Part Senior year was my most stressful year Choosing a college is one of the single most important decisions in your life Easy to lose sight of goal Incredible amounts of stress require allocated breaks Remember that after Mid-March, everything else is cake The Ideal Junior Timeline: College Applications Sophomore Fall- PSAT Summer-Visit Prospective Colleges Junior Fall- PSAT (NMSQT) August: Begin Common App Work on CV (academic résumé) Find clubs and activities September: Practice for SAT Refine College List Research College Requirements/Deadlines Consider Letters of Recommendation Take ACT+Writing October: Take SAT or SAT II PSAT Continue Common App November: Refine Essays Ask for Letters of Rec. Research scholarships December: Request transcripts Send app Prep for interviews Continue with scholarship search Organize for FAFSA/CSS Take ACT/SAT for the last time the college allows The Ideal Timeline Cont.: Financial Aid January: Submit FAFSA Submit CSS Continue Scholarship search February: CSS due for some colleges Scholarships March: May: Choose a college by 05.01 REMEMBER! Admissions officers are basing their selection on 9-11th grade progress. Only the first semester of the senior year is sent before decisions. Shine early on; don’t try to have a “miracle comeback” If offered, do an interview! In Case of Emergency or Just to Say, “Hello.” firstname.lastname@example.org 631-269-3394 REMIND ME To receive message updates and important reminders via text, text @kpguidance to 81010. 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