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Title: College Admissions Process

College Admissions Process
  • Select the school that interest you.
  • What are the enrollment requirements?
  • What majors are offered?
  • How much will it cost to attend?

Choosing a college
  • Private schools
  • Public schools
  • Large schools
  • Small schools
  • City schools
  • Small town schools
  • Church schools

Choosing a College
  • Liberal Arts schools
  • Science schools
  • Technical schools
  • Community colleges

Choosing a College
  • 3,500 colleges and universities in the US
  • Look at a variety of options
  • Each has a its own advantages

Choosing a college
  • Know something about yourself
  • Your interests
  • Your abilities
  • Your dreams
  • Your goals
  • Your reasons for attending college

Interest and talent inventory
  • What subjects do you like the best?
  • List three achievements in your life of which you
    are most proud.
  • What are your hobbies or interests outside of
  • Ask a family member or friend.

Career Interest Inventory
  • pinetreejhs
  • longview

Choosing a college
  • Smaller-sized college
  • More personal attention
  • Better access to equipment and facilities
  • Easier to get involved
  • More contact with faculty
  • More likely to get into courses that you want to

Choosing a College
  • Large colleges
  • Better selection of classes offered
  • Class size is larger
  • Facilities and equipment

Choosing a College
  • Cost attending the college
  • Contact that schools financial aid office
  • Dont let initial costs alone determine your

Choosing a college
  • What does the college have to offer that
    interests you?
  • The colleges distance from your home.
  • The colleges environment
  • Student diversity
  • Residential college vs Commuter college
  • Size of college
  • College with a religious affiliation

Resources for Locating a College
  • Check under Choosing
    tab and then College Selections
  • Student Resources to link to
    the Steps to College. This site is sponsored by
    the National Assoc for College Admission
  • The College Handbook
  • college guide

Resources for Locating a College

Admissions Policies Early Decision - Binding
  • The student makes a commitment to a first-choice
  • The student may apply to other schools but may
    have only one early decision application pending
    at any time.
  • The school will notify the student within a
    reasonable and clearly stated period of time.
  • The student must apply for financial aid by
    deadlines. Student may withdraw application if an
    award is not offered.
  • Immediately upon acceptance, the student must
    withdraw all other applications and make no
    subsequent applications

Admission PoliciesEarly Action
  • Early action is the application process in which
    students make application to a school and receive
    a decision well in advance of the regular
    response date.
  • Not binding student may apply to other colleges
    without restriction.
  • The school must notify the applicant of the
    decision within a reasonable and clearly stated
    period of time.

Admissions PoliciesRegular Decision
  • Application process in which a student submits an
    application to a school by a specified date.
  • The student receives a decision within a
    reasonable and clearly stated period of time (but
    not later than April 15th)
  • A student may apply to other colleges without

Admission PoliciesRolling Admission
  • Application process in which a school reviews
    applications as they are completed.
  • Admission decisions are made throughout the
    admission cycle.
  • A student may apply to other colleges without
  • School will respond in a timely manner.

Admissions policiesWait List
  • An admission decision policy used by schools to
    protect against shortfalls in enrollment.
  • School does not initially offer or deny
    admission, but extends to a candidate the
    possibility of admission in the future.
  • Expected time period for wait list is never later
    than August 1st.
  • In the letter offering a wait list position, the
    school should provide a history of wait list

Admission policiesThe follow up.
  • Once the applicant receives the decision letter,
    the student must respond within the allotted
  • Submit a deposit before the deadline.
  • Make residency plans.
  • Contact financial aid department and complete
    financial aid applications. A student applying
    for financial aid must adhere to institutional
    aid application deadlines.

Steps for College Enrollment 4 year
  • Select your colleges (2 or 3 recommended)
  • Contact these colleges and request applications
  • Check entrance requirements ACT and/or SAT high
    school course requirements deadline dates
  • Return the complete application and fees
  • Consider sending a dormitory room deposit
  • Office of Admissions should contact you within
    one month
  • Contact the Financial Aid Department
  • Check the colleges calendar for important dates

Steps to College Enrollment 2 year
  • Select your college
  • Request an application (online)
  • Check entrance requirements
  • Testing requirements
  • College should contact you within one month
  • Contact the financial aid department
  • Check the colleges calendar for important dates

The Application
  • Electronic Applications
  • The Common Application
  • State applications

The Application
  • Which criteria do admissions officers consider to
    be the most reliable indicators of success in
  • School Achievement 93
  • Test scores 87
  • Recommendations 50
  • Essay 44
  • Interview 33
  • Activities 30
  • The percentages are based on the number of
    institutions identifying the factor as a
  • Resource College Counseling Sourcebook, 2nd

Application ProcessHigh School Grades
  • Academic record is an important factor in
  • Occasional poor grades does not mean that you
    wont be accepted
  • Colleges are looking for improvement.

Application ProcessACT and SAT
  • Most colleges require test results. It is one
    predictor of college success.
  • Check the colleges website for admissions
  • Most schools consider other factors in addition
    to test scores and class rank.

Application ProcessRecommendations
  • Most schools require recommendations
  • Your high school guidance counselor
  • An academic reference from a teacher
  • A personal reference from an adult who knows you
  • Recommendations provide valuable insights about
  • Provide an updated resume and/or Senior
    Information Sheet
  • Allow at least one week for the processing of

Application ProcessThe Essay
  • The essay is an opportunity to personalize your
  • The essay is a tool used to find out who you are
    as an individual. Admission officers are not
    looking for the correct answer.
  • The essay is a demonstration of your writing
    ability a key component of success in college.

Application ProcessActivities
  • Colleges are looking for students with many
  • School organizations
  • Community volunteer work
  • Church and out of school activities
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Work

Application Process
  • Submit application before deadlines
  • Secondary School Report
  • Counselor recommendation
  • Counselor seals and student mails
  • Midyear Report
  • Midyear report reflects senior grades at the end
    of the first semester
  • Midyear reports will be sent after the student
    notifies the counselor
  • Counselor seals and student mails