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									    The Admissions Process




             11th Grade
Postsecondary Visits and Admissions #1
                    Pre-Test
1. What are three decision factor categories when
   selecting colleges of interest?
2. The ____________ application is used by 8
   Minnesota colleges and 488 national colleges.
3. What school staff member is usually the most
   knowledgeable about the college application
   process?
                    Objectives
• Decision factors when selecting colleges of interest
• College applications
  – Common applications
  – Online applications at college websites
• School counselors can help
• Update Postsecondary Plan
• 10 college application checklist items
            College Admission:
           Decision Factors Video
• Watch the College Admissions Decision
  Factors video
  – Pay special attention to
    • What factors were most important to this student
      when he selected colleges of interest
  College Admissions Decision Factors
• Wanted to go to a Business school
   – Also interested in Foreign Affairs and German
• Went to high school counseling center
   – Found colleges that were strong in subjects of interest
• Know if you want an urban, suburban or rural campus
• Visit campuses but not too many
   – Narrow college choices first
• Chose public university because
   – It offered more opportunities
   – Was cheaper
          Advise for Juniors Video
• Watch the Juniors Admissions video
  – Pay special attention to
    • Getting more information about colleges
    • Main factors when selecting a college
  College Admissions Decision Factors
• Look at different websites or publications
   – Fisk Guide to College, Best 376 Colleges, Insiders Guide to
     College, US News and World Report, Princeton Review
• 3 main factors categories when choosing colleges of interest
   – Academic
   – Social
   – Financial
• Narrow down the number of colleges of interest
   – Suggests 8-10 colleges but 5 is usually plenty
• Get organized
   – Take the ACT
   – Make college visits
            The College Application

• Completing the college application is not as difficult
  as it was years ago
  – Applying online makes it much easier
• Watch the Common Application video
  – Outlines many of the college application steps
  – 8 Minnesota colleges listed on the right
     • 488 nationally use this application
Online Applications at Specific Colleges
• Many more colleges use their own online application
   – Than the common application
   – Much of the information needed is the same as the
     common application
• Explore your colleges of interest online applications
• U of M application link
   – http://admissions.tc.umn.edu/Apply/index.html
          School Counselors Can Help
• The application process is much easier
   – When you work with an expert in this area
• School Counselors can help in many different areas
   – College visits, selecting colleges of interests, college applications
• Watch the School Counselor video
   – Pay specific attention to
      • What areas the school counselor helped this student
        Selecting Colleges of Interest
1. Most important: Aligns with your careers of interest
  – If you have no idea what your careers of interest are, find
    colleges that are strong in your school subjects of interests
2. Average GPA and ACT scores
  –  If you have a 2.50 GPA, you should not only apply to colleges
     where the incoming students’ average GPA is 3.85
  – Should apply to a mix of colleges
    • Reach: Has GPA and ACT scores a little above yours
    • Match: Has GPA and ACT scores that are similar to yours
    • Safe: Has GPA and ACT scores a little below yours
              Reach School Video
• Watch the Reach School video
  – Pay special attention to
    • Why the student applied to a reach college
    • What happened after he submitted his application
        College Entrance Considerations
• Reach College
    –   Positive: College has higher ranking, Challenge yourself
    –   Negative: May not get as much financial aid from the college
•   Match College
    –   Positive: Students will be most similar to you academically
    –   Negative: May be able to handle bigger challenge in college
•   Safe College
    –   Positive: Might get more financial aid from the college
    –   Negative: Lower rated college may not allow you be as
        competitive in the job market and for graduate programs
Individual Activity: Rate Most Important Considerations
        Selecting Colleges to Send Applications

•   Careers of Interest         •   Religious, Non-denominational
•   Single-sex or Coed          •   Size of Student Enrollment
•   Average GPA & ACT Scores    •   2-year or 4-year College
•   Diversity of Students       •   College Financial Aid
•   Cost of the College         •   Private or Public
•   Diversity of college town   •   Extracurricular Activities
•   Urban, Suburban, Rural      •   Live at home, away from home
•   Class sizes                 •   Choice of many electives
•   Type of weather             •   Other
    Group Activity: Rate Most Important Considerations
        Selecting Colleges to Send Applications

•   Careers of Interest         •   Religious, Non-denominational
•   Single-sex or Coed          •   Size of Student Enrollment
•   Average GPA & ACT Scores    •   2-year or 4-year Colleges
•   Diversity of Students       •   College Financial Aid
•   Cost of the College         •   Private or Public
•   Diversity of college town   •   Extracurricular Activities
•   Urban, Suburban, Rural      •   Live at home, away from home
•   Class sizes                 •   Choice of many electives
•   Type of weather             •   Other
Review Postsecondary Plan
  Review/Update Postsecondary Plan
• Review your top 3 colleges of interest
  – Do they align with your priorities?
     • Careers of Interest, Single-sex or Coed, Average GPA &
       ACT Scores, Diversity of Students, Cost of the College
     • Diversity of college town (Urban, Suburban, Rural), Class
       sizes, Type of weather, Religious, Non-denominational,
       Size of Student Enrollment
     • 2-year or 4-year, College Financial Aid, Private or Public,
       Extracurricular Activities, Live at home, away from home,
       Choice of many electives, Other
 10 College Application Checklist Items
1.   Research Colleges              6. Get applications
2.   Identify College of Interest   7. Make notes of
3.   Make College Visits                application deadlines
4.   Take the ACT                   8. Complete essays
5.   Request                        9. Complete applications
     recommendations                10. Complete FAFSA
 College Application Checklist Calendar

Plan what months will you complete each of these 10 tasks
1.   Research Colleges              6. Make notes of
2.   Identify College of Interest       application deadlines
3.   Make College Visits            7. Get applications
4.   Take the ACT                   8. Complete essays
5.   Request                        9. Complete applications
     recommendations                10. Complete FAFSA
                    Pre-Test
1. What are three decision factor categories when
   selecting colleges of interest?
2. The ____________ application is used by 8
   Minnesota colleges and 488 national colleges.
3. What school staff member is usually the most
   knowledgeable about the college application
   process?
                        Review
• 3 decision factor categories when selecting
  colleges of interest
  – Academic, Social, Financial
• ___________ application is used by many colleges
  – Common
• School staff member that is knowledgeable about
  the college application process
  – School Counselor

								
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