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Title: duPont Manual High School/ Youth Performing Arts School

duPont Manual High School/ Youth Performing Arts
  • An Overview of The College Application Process
  • Senior Class of 2013

Acknowledgement of Sources
  • Fiske Guide to Getting Into the Right College
  • Edward B. Fiske and Bruce G. Hammond
  • Published by Sourcebooks, Inc.
  • The Truth About Getting In If Youre Getting
    Ready for the College Admissions Process, Get the
  • Katherine Cohen, Ph.D.
  • Published by Hyperion Books
  • I Got In!
  • Mary Anna Dennard
  • Published by Mary Anna Austin Dennard, Inc.

College Preparatory Curriculum JCPS Graduation
  • 4 years of English (English 1,2,3,4)
  • 4 years of Math (Algebra 1 2, Geometry, or more
  • 3 years of Science (life, physical, earth/space,
    include at least one laboratory class)
  • 3 years of Social Studies (World Civilizations,
    US History, plus one of economics, government,
    geography, civics, or survey of social sciences)
  • .5 years of Health
  • .5 years of Physical Education (or 1 year of
    Fundamentals of Dance) Dance Majors do not have
    to take PE
  • 1 year of Humanities (or 4 years of
    specialization in the arts)
  • 2-3 years of the same Foreign Language
  • 21st Century Technology Proficiency, IC3
    Certification, or Computer Applications
  • 4-5 credits of Electives (your YPAS classes are

Graduation Requirements for Out of State Colleges
  • Here are just a few states that have different
    requirements from Kentucky
  • Alabama Colleges 4 years of Social Studies
  • Georgia Colleges 4 years of Science
  • Indiana North Carolina Require pre-calculus
  • Texas .5 credits of Speech and .5 credits of

Additional JCPS Diploma Requirements
  • Students must meet the minimum requirements of
    the Kentucky Department of Education program of
    studies which is 22 -23 credits
  • Students must still complete a WRITING PORTFOLIO
  • The ILP (Individual Learning Plan) must be 100
    complete EACH YEAR you are in high school

Graduation Requirements for the Advanced Program
  • For those students that have tested into the
    Advanced Program 12 credits must be earned in
    Advanced Program classes in at least 3 of the
    following areas English, Math, Science, Social
    Studies, Foreign Language
  • Advanced Humanities is also required (or
  • Students are also required to take 3 years of the
    same Foreign Language
  • A Cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required to stay in
    the Advanced Program
  • The Advanced Program is unique to Jefferson
    County Public Schools most out of state
    colleges are unaware of this program Honors is
    the highest level at most high schools across the
    nation other than Advanced Placement Courses.

Commonwealth Diploma
  • Please see your counselor if you are working
    toward the Commonwealth Diploma
  • We must add your name to the list to order your
    Commonwealth Diploma in addition to your Manual
  • Required Coursework for the Commonwealth Diploma
  • 1 AP English credit
  • 1 AP Math or AP Science Credit
  • 1 AP Foreign Language Credit
  • 1 Elective AP Credit
  • Students must take the AP Exams for these courses
    and pass at least 3 with a score of 3 or higher
  • The Class of 2012 will be the last class to be
    able to earn a Commonwealth Diploma. The program
    will end at the conclusion of the 2011-2012
    school year

NCAA Clearinghouse
  • 16 Core Credits
  • 4 Years of English
  • 4 Years of Math Algebra 1 or higher
  • 2 Years of Physical/Natural Science
  • 1 Year of Social Science
  • 1 Additional Math, English, or Natural/Physical
  • 4 Years of any of the above or Foreign Language
  • Mrs. Marti Johnston is our NCAA Clearinghouse
    Expert located in the Manual Counseling Suite

NCAA Clearinghouse cont.
  • Make sure you have taken the ACT or SAT and
    reported your scores to the Clearinghouse
  • Register online at
  • The fee is 50.00
  • Apply at the end of your junior year Mrs.
    Johnston will send your transcript

Academic Status Report
  • Students name, counselor, grade level
  • Magnet Program
  • Required Credits
  • Credits Earned
  • Credits Needed
  • GPA
  • Standardized Test Scores

What is a Transcript???
  • The transcript is the report sent to colleges
    that reflects every semester of high school that
    you have completed
  • Courses you have taken and credits you have
    earned each semester are on the transcript
  • The level of rigor of each class is included on
    the transcript (AP, advanced, honors, etc.)
  • Your total cumulative weighted and un-weighted
    GPA is on the transcript
  • Your attendance record is on the transcript
  • Grades, including all pluses and minuses, As,
    Bs, Cs, Ds, and Us!!!
  • Your name, address, phone, birth date, and
    student ID numbers are also on the transcript, as
    well as the name and address of Manual High School

Transcript Review
  • Check to determine that all courses are reported
    accurately (name, grade, credit)
  • Make sure you have all required courses for
    graduation or you are taking those courses your
    senior year
  • Look for Summer School, eSchool, and Ind. Study
  • Write in any corrections and see your counselor
    immediately for edits
  • Notice the GPA weighted and un-weighted
  • Notice your attendance record
  • Check for correct name, address, birth date,
    phone number, etc.

Why College?
  • Amount of Education Earnings Unemployment Rate
  • High School no diploma 17,077 11.4
  • High School Graduate 25,288 6.3
  • Some College 28,625 5.4
  • Associates Degree 30,047 3.4
  • Bachelors Degree 40,925 2.1
  • Masters Degree 48,642 1.8
  • Doctoral Degree 66,032 1.5
  • Professional Degree 83,649 1.3
  • 2008 median earnings of people in Kentucky over
    age 25, both sexes, with a full time job U.S.
    Census Bureau

Top Occupations in the U.S.A. Based on Growth
Rate to 2014
  • Home Health Aides
  • Network Systems Data Communications Analysts
  • Medical Assistants
  • Physician Assistants
  • Computer Software Engineers/Applications
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assistants
  • Personal and Home Care Aides
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  • Database Administrators
  • Physical Therapists
  • Forensic Science Technicians
  • Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
  • Occupational Therapist Assistants
  • Medical Scientists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Preschool Teachers
  • Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
  • Postsecondary Teachers
  • Hydrologists
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Hazardous Materials Removal Workers
  • Biomedical Engineers
  • Employment Recruitment and Placement Specialists
  • Paralegals and Legal Assistants

College Admissions Criteria by Importance
  • Academic Rigor, Talent, and/or Mastery of Skills
  • Cumulative GPA
  • Grades in Advanced Placement Courses
  • Grades in College Prep Courses
  • Grades in All Subjects
  • ACT SAT Test Scores
  • Class Rank (JCPS does not rank)
  • Essay or Writing Samples
  • Honors, Awards, etc.
  • Counselor Recommendations
  • Teacher Recommendations
  • Interviews (if required)
  • Community Service
  • Work and Extra Curricular Activities

The ACT Test
  • The ACT consists of four multiple choice tests in
    English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science
  • The English Test measures standard written
    English and Rhetorical Skills
  • The Math Test measures mathematical skills
    students have typically acquired in courses taken
    up to the beginning of Grade 12
  • The Reading Test measures Reading Comprehension
  • The Science Test measures the interpretation,
    analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and
    problem-solving skills required in the Natural
  • The Optional Writing Test measures writing skills
    emphasized in high school English classes and in
    entry level composition courses
  • All together, the test predicts college readiness
    in the areas evaluated and sets benchmark scores
    for college success

ACT College Readiness Benchmark Scores
  • A benchmark score is the minimum score needed on
    an ACT subject area test to indicate a 50 chance
    of obtaining a B or higher, or, a 75 chance of
    obtaining a C or higher in the corresponding
    credit bearing college course
  • College English Composition 18 on ACT English
  • College Algebra 22 on ACT Math Test
  • College Social Sciences 21 on ACT Reading Test
  • College Biology 24 on ACT Science Test
  • Overall College Readiness 21 on ACT Composite
  • These are the minimum scores you need to indicate
    to the average college you are ready for
    postsecondary work More competitive colleges
    will require higher benchmark scores

ACT vs. SAT Whats the Difference?
  • ACT
  • Content based core curriculum knowledge
  • Includes science reasoning
  • Math includes trigonometry
  • No guessing penalty
  • Tests grammar
  • Scored on a scale of 1-36
  • 1 composite score and 4 subject scores, plus 7
  • SAT
  • Tests critical thinking and problem solving
  • Tests vocabulary much more
  • Not entirely multiple choice
  • Includes a guessing penalty
  • Does not test grammar
  • Scored on a scale of 200-800 and has seven
    sections 3 math, 3 verbal, plus an experimental

ACT SAT Test Dates 2012-13
  • ACT National Dates
  • September 8, 2012
  • October 27, 2012
  • December 8, 2012
  • February 9, 2013
  • April 13, 2013
  • June 8, 2013
  • SAT National Dates
  • October 6, 2012
  • November 3, 2012
  • December 1, 2012
  • January 26, 2013
  • March 9, 2013
  • May 4, 2013
  • June 1, 2013

ACT/SAT Contact Information
  • To Register for the ACT or to send your score
    reports to a college go to
  • To register for the SAT or to send your score
    reports to a college go to
  • Manuals School Code 181525

Are You Ready to Apply?
  • Have you decided what your college major will be?
  • Are you happy with the lifestyle and eventual pay
    scale you will be earning upon graduation?
  • Are you satisfied with your employability upon
  • Will you be happy doing this for the rest of your
  • Have you researched to find the schools that are
    strong in that area?
  • Have you found a Kentucky College you would happy
  • Have you visited the college campuses,
    experienced the culture on campus, satisfied with
    safety concerns, checked out the dormitory and
    food services, explored the town or city, met
    with admissions counselors, and talked with your
    prospective primary teacher?
  • Do you know the entry requirements, audition
    repertoire you will be expected to perform, and
    have a good grasp of that material so it will be
    prepared by audition day?
  • If you have answered yes to all of these
    questions you are ready to begin the college
    application process!!!

2012-2013 College Application Deadlines
  • College Deadline
  • October 1, 2012
  • October 15, 2012
  • November 1, 2012
  • November 15, 2012
  • December 1, 2012
  • December 15, 2012
  • January 1, 2013
  • January 15, 2013
  • Due Date to Counselor
  • September 14, 2012
  • September 28, 2012
  • October 17, 2012
  • October 31, 2012
  • November 16, 2012
  • November 30, 2012
  • December 1, 2012
  • December 20, 2012

Facebook, MySpace, Email Address, and College
  • Consider that the information posted on these
    sites is basically public domain.
  • In as few as 10 minutes after you have posted
    something on these sites they are archived
    forever in over 20 locations throughout the
  • Your personal sites can be viewed by college
    admission counselors, college professors,
    employers, stalkers, that creepy kid obsessing
    over you, as well as campus and local police
  • Make sure your email address is a professional or
    generic name and not something that causes one to
    pause and doubt your integrity or character

Time To Do Some Cleanup???
  • Remove photos showing you doing anything that
    could be interpreted as inappropriate
  • Remove rude gestures, inappropriate comments,
    questionable photos, etc.
  • Unsubscribe to questionable groups
  • Remove contact information
  • Choose attractive/professional looking photos to
  • Un-tag any unflattering photos your friends may
    have posted
  • Perhaps let your grandmother approve of what you
    have posted!!!

What Will Be Your First Impression???
  • The appearance of your college application is
    very important
  • If you are completing your application on-line,
    make sure all the blanks are filled in and your
    application is complete
  • If submitting a hard copy type the application
    or print VERY NEATLY in black ink.
  • Make sure all the components of the application
    are in the correct order
  • If you are mailing the application address the
    envelope in a very professional way typed
    address labels are great

How Many Colleges Should I Apply To???
  • For most it will be a list of about six schools
    (more for theatre musical theatre majors
    because of the type factor)
  • Aim for one or more reach colleges that are
    highly desired and highly selective. These
    dream schools will have about a 10 acceptance
    rate. If you dont, youll always wonder, what
  • It is wise to include one or two fit schools
    where the odds are 50/50 that you will be
    accepted based on your talent, GPA, and test
  • Include at least one or two safety colleges
    where admission is highly likely and a college
    where you can afford to attend if you receive
    very little financial aid
  • The easy part is finding your dream and reach
  • The hard part is finding your safety schools that
    are also a really good match keep an open mind
    about the many fine colleges that are not
    intensely competitive in admission
  • Two safety schools are preferable to guarantee a
    choice between two offers
  • The potential for heartache in April can be
    drastically reduced by a few good decisions in
    October and November

Most Common In-State Colleges By Enrollment from
duPont Manual
  • University of Louisville (679)
  • University of Kentucky (460)
  • Western Kentucky University (158)
  • Jefferson Community Technical College (107)
  • Centre College (74)
  • Murray State University (58)
  • Northern Kentucky University (53)
  • Bellarmine University (48)
  • Eastern Kentucky University (36)
  • Transylvania University (23)
  • Georgetown College (16)
  • Morehead State University (16)
  • Kentucky State University (13)

Most Common Out-of-State Colleges By Enrollment
from duPont Manual
  • Indiana University Bloomington (32)
  • University of Cincinnati/CCM (27)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (22)
  • Vanderbilt University (21)
  • Indiana University Southeast (20)
  • Duke University (15)
  • The Ohio State University (14)
  • Boston University (12)
  • Maryland Institute, College of Art (12)
  • Purdue University West Lafayette (12)
  • University of Chicago (12)
  • Columbia College Chicago (11)

The Academic Common Market
  • If the program you are interested in studying is
    not offered at a college in Kentucky, you may be
    able to pay in-state tuition at an out-of-state
    school through the Academic Common Market
  • Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky,
    Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South
    Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia
    participate at the undergraduate levels
  • To use your KEES money for an out-of-state school
    they must offer a major not offered in Kentucky,
    be a member of the Academic Common Market, and,
    be approved by the Kentucky Higher Education
    Assistance Authority (KHEAA)
  • Call Megan Cummins at 502-696-7397 to be sure

Most College Applications Are Completed Online
  • Students access the application through the
    college website, usually under admissions
  • Generally, a username and password will be
    provided that will allow you to save your work
    from multiple sessions
  • The final copy is either transmitted through the
    Web or printed and sent via snail mail be
    prepared to pay the application fee with a credit

Take Precautions!!!
  • Online applications can have a timed out feature
    save your work often so as not to loose all
    your hard work
  • Resist the temptation to impulsively hit the
    send button until you have thoroughly proofread
    your application have at least one other person
    also check for typos
  • It is advised that you compose essays and short
    answer questions offline and transfer them to
    your application after you have refined those
  • Review a printed copy of your work whenever
    possible before sending and keep it for your

Take Precautions!!! - continued
  • Electronic filers should receive an
    acknowledgement via return mail
  • Dont forget you may need to print and mail a
    signature page with a check for the application
  • Other parts of the application (recommendation
    page, counselor page, secondary school report,
    etc.) must be printed and given to your teacher
    or guidance counselor
  • If you print your application, make sure you sign
    it and enclose your check

The Old Fashioned Way
  • If you plan to stick with paper applications,
    make at least two photocopies of the original
  • Practice on them and get all the typos and coffee
    or pizza stains out of your system
  • A sloppy application is the quickest way to get a
    rejection letter
  • Proofread for spelling, spacing, word choice, and
    anything else you can think of
  • Type the final copy yourself dont worry about
    a few neatly corrected errors, but avoid a
    sloppy appearance
  • If you print instead of type (less professional
    looking), make sure your penmanship is neat and
    easily readable

The Common Application
  • Available online at
  • Approximately 300 schools, including the most
    selective liberal arts colleges, accept the
    Common Application
  • You can either download the software or transmit
    through the web
  • Use the colleges own application form if they
    have one but many have adopted the common
    application as their own

Cultivating Colleges
  • Many colleges are reluctant to accept an
    applicant unless they have reason to believe that
    he/she is seriously interested.
  • Many colleges track every contact the applicant
    initiates and are more likely to accept students
    who have made multiple contacts
  • A few ways to communicate interest include
  • Visit the college if you do not have a personal
    interview stop by the admissions office and let
    them know you came
  • If the college sends a rep to Manual or YPAS, go
    to their session and communicate your interest
  • Attend a college fair in your local area and
    speak to the representative
  • Get a business card from any college
    representative you meet and write or email that
    person to thank them and emphasize your interest
  • Note in your application that a particular
    college is your first choice school or one of
    your top choices
  • Make sure your email address stays the same
    throughout the college search process if it
    changes tell the colleges

Listing Activities
  • Always list activities from most important to
    least important
  • The ones that are significant, as evidenced by
    leadership and time commitment, will be obvious
  • Marginal activities like membership in the
    Monogram Club should be de-emphasized
  • Dont make a big production out of honors from
    companies that put your picture in a book and
    then ask you to buy it
  • Follow the colleges preferred format for listing
  • If the space is too small, attach extra sheets
    where necessary as supplemental material,
    especially when activities of in-depth
    involvement need further explanation however,
    submit one of these in addition to filling out
    the colleges activities form

Explain Everything
  • If one of your activities was chairing the
    Founders Day Committee, it wont mean anything
    to the admissions office unless you explain what
    you did and why the committee was important
  • If it was an honor bestowed on only one senior,
    say so
  • If it involved presentations to alumni and
    coordination of twenty volunteers for six months,
    spell that out
  • You could also have the sponsor, counselor, or
    principal write a letter outlining the
  • The same goes for a weak spot in your record like
    a suspension or failing grade any reasonable
    explanation you can give without sounding bitter
    or whiny would be helpful
  • Even more impressive would be an account of how
    the experience helped you to mature as an

Emphasize Your Strengths!!!
  • Strong Academic Program
  • Directed the Gospel Choir at your Church
  • Your Major is going to be Greek!!!
  • Youre a Legacy Application
  • Your wrote the essay of the year and your teacher
    passed it around the class for all to read
  • First in your family to attend college
  • You participated in a significant community
  • You are an Eagle Scout or earned a Gold Key Award
  • Youre a Varsity Athlete
  • All-County or All-State Ensemble Member
  • You come from a single parent household and must
    work part time to help with expenses
  • Your last name is the same as the college library
    to which you are applying and that is no

Things That Can Hurt Your Chances
  • Your major will be Psychology or Biology
  • You do not know any teacher well enough to ask
    for a recommendation
  • You are using the same essay for every college
    and word processed it and forgot to change the
    name of the college
  • Your essay topic is Sports As A Metaphor for
  • You plagiarized a US History Paper and got caught

Things That Can Hurt Your Chances
  • You did not participate in any extracurricular
  • You received a D or U in an academic course
    junior year 2nd semester
  • If you wrote a letter to the college admissions
    officer explaining the extenuating circumstances
    for the D or U you can help yourself
  • You decided to protect your GPA by not taking any
    AP courses

Avoid Gimmicks
  • Do not send cookies, flowers, or letters with
    creative ways of saying Please Accept Me
  • According to one famous admissions counselor I
    dont need a chocolate layer cake, your
    kindergarten report card, or all the poems you
    wrote in the ninth grade. I am very interested
    in seeing the results of whatever you consider
    your finest accomplishment, whether that be
    photographs of your set designs, your concerto
    performance, you solo dance routine, or your best
    theatrical monologue

Get It In Early
  • Keep on top of deadlines - there will be
    different ones for each college and for each part
    of the application process
  • Some deadlines are as early as Oct. 1st
  • If the college offers rolling admissions they
    admit the first good applicants that come along
    leaving fewer slots for later applicants
  • If the college evaluates in one big pool,
    applying early shows you are interested and they
    know that stronger applicants tend to file early
    waiting later risks getting less consideration
    because of the flood of applications pouring in
    all at once

Early Decision vs. Early Action
  • Both require students to apply by an early
    deadline - usually between October 15th and
    December 1st
  • Decisions are usually rendered between December
    15 and February 1
  • Borderline students are usually deferred and
    considered with the regular applicant pool at a
    later date

Early Decision
  • Early decision involves a BINDING DECISION to
    enroll if accepted - you have to attend that
    school regardless of other offers and without
    knowing any financial aid package that may or may
    not be offered
  • You may only apply to one school through Early
    Decision and if accepted, you must withdraw your
    applications to all other schools
  • Early Decision offers a slight advantage of
    acceptance - colleges usually accept a higher
    percentage of applicants than those that apply
    for regular decision - colleges desire students
    that really want to attend their school
  • Early Decision is a good option for borderline
    students with LOW financial need who have a clear
    first choice school - others should be very

Early Action
  • Entails no commitment to enroll and therefore
    offers little advantage for admission
  • Early Action students, however, are often first
    in line for merit scholarships and housing
  • Competition in Early Action pools at highly
    selective schools is generally tougher than in
    the regular pool
  • Some Early Action colleges now ask that students
    apply early only to their institution, however,
    you may still apply regular decision to any other

Early Applications
  • It is difficult to give definitive advice
    regarding early decision and early action
  • Only students that have thoroughly investigated
    colleges and completed most standardized testing
    by the end of the eleventh grade with high test
    scores will be in a strong position to consider
    early application

Surviving the Audition
  • Step One - Prepare Your Resume!
  • You should have a resume to present at the
  • Tell your story on paper with a quick summary of
    the basic facts needed to understand your
    experiences and strengths
  • Limit your resume to the most signification
    information - be brief and to the point
  • Use outline form with highly visible headlines
  • Use high quality paper and printing for the most
    professional look (the quality of your resume
    directly reflects your attitude and
  • Have a professional Photo or Head Shot to include
    with your resume
  • Include your resume with your application and
    audition request forms
  • Bring additional copies to each audition

Surviving the AuditionResume - What to Include
  • Name and Contact Information - address, phone
    number, email address
  • Objective - career goals and college major
  • School Information - GPA, AP Courses/AP Scores,
    Magnet, ACT/SAT Scores
  • Awards/Honors
  • Extracurricular Activities and Leadership
  • Community Service and Volunteer Work
  • Employment
  • Significant Repertoire Performed, Productions,
    Work Crew Assignments, etc.

Surviving the Audition
  • Step Two - Set Up The Audition
  • Every college has its own audition protocol
    regarding applying for and scheduling an
    admissions audition
  • Audition repertoire may be different at each
    school - find out about each programs audition
  • Most colleges will require several specific works
    to be performed, often from specific periods in
    history as well as specific genre of the type of
    composition (scales, arpeggios, etudes,
    concertos, sonatas, etc)
  • Most colleges will not schedule an audition until
    all application forms are filed and in order
  • Many of the top performing arts colleges will
    have pre-screening auditions in certain areas
    where there are hundreds of applicants
  • You may have to get through a prescreening in
    order to be invited to perform on site
  • Prescreening requires the submission of a high
    quality CD or DVD
  • Some schools may require on-site auditions, but
    may not provide an accompanist or even expect an
    accompanist - FIND OUT!!!

Surviving the Audition
  • Step Two - continued
  • Most colleges have specific dates and time slots
    that fill up on a first come first served basis
  • Remember that scholarship money goes quickly
    during the audition season - the later you
    audition the less money that will be available
  • As soon as you apply, find out when and how to
    schedule your audition
  • Set up arrangements in advance and fulfill all of
    the colleges requirements so that you can arrive
    completely prepared and think about your
  • You should already know the repertoire each
    school requires and be well on your way to having
    the audition prepared

Surviving the Audition
  • Step Three - Show Your Stuff!!!
  • College auditions begin the minute you present
    yourself (even in the parking lot)
  • Your professional attitude and appearance do make
    a difference
  • Faculty look not just for talent, skill, and
    style, but for those students who apply
    themselves seriously and work cooperatively with
  • Be courteous to EVERYONE - an enthusiastic
    attitude is contagious
  • Dress appropriately - a professional appearance
    with conservative jewelry
  • Arrive early and warm up in the location provided
  • Bring your music and anything else you need for a
    successful audition (extra reeds, strings, etc.)

Surviving the Audition
  • Step Three - Show Your Stuff!!!
  • Some colleges require the audition to be
  • If asked, be prepared to let the committee know
    who is your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice of applied
  • Bring extra copies of your resume
  • Be focused but flexible - interact well with
  • Get into the performance aesthetically - this is
    your one shot to gain admittance and to prove you
    are deserving of a merit scholarship
  • No excuses - the faculty has heard them all
  • Answer and ask questions (based on your research)
    which are appropriate to the particular
    institution where you are auditioning
  • Do not present yourself as a scholarship
  • Always thank the faculty after the audition

The National Unified Auditions for Theatre and
Musical Theatre
  • Twenty Five Universities that convene in the same
    city on the same dates in the same hotel
  • Auditions are separate and private for each
  • Unified auditions begin in late January and go
    until Mid February
  • Auditions are held in New York City, Chicago. Los
    Angeles, and Las Vegas
  • A large number of non-member schools also hold
    their regional auditions in the same city on the
    same dates at the same hotel
  • Some schools will accept walk-in auditions
  • You will have to schedule your audition with each
    individual school
  • The audition fee for each school varies from 25
    to 100 each so bring your checkbook!!!!!

National Unified Audition Member Schools
  • University of the Arts
  • Ball State University
  • Boston Conservatory
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Cornish College of the Arts
  • Emerson College
  • University of Evansville
  • The Hartt School
  • Ithaca College
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan
  • Montclair State University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • University of Oklahoma
  • Otterbein College
  • Pennsylvania State Univ.
  • Point Park University
  • Roosevelt University
  • College of Santa Fe
  • Southern Methodist Univ.
  • Texas Christian University
  • University of Utah
  • Viterbo University
  • Webster University

  • Try to relax
  • Dress nicely
  • Be on time
  • Be prepared to discuss 2 or 3 topics at length
    (your school, favorite subject, extracurriculars,
    current events, favorite book)
  • Do not misrepresent yourself - dont tell them
    you like current events and then go blank when
    they ask you about the Supreme Courts latest
  • Keep your cool and be yourself

Expect Probing Questions
  • What books have you read lately?
  • Why do you want to enroll here?
  • What are your most important activities and why
    are they valuable?
  • What would you add to the life at this college?
  • What other colleges are you considering?

Good Questions to Ask an Interviewer
  • What is distinctive about your school?
  • What sets students here apart from those at
    similar schools?
  • What percentage of entering students graduate
    within five years?
  • What are the most common career paths for your
  • What is the average time a student gains
    employment after graduation?

Your College Essay Can Make the Difference!!!
  • Admissions officers are looking for spark,
    vitality, wit, sensitivity, originality, and
    signs of a lively mind
  • They want to know how well you can express
    yourself in writing
  • Try to be as concise and specific as possible
  • Dont waste words that arent essential to your
  • Reread the essay several times for word choice
    and typos
  • If you have time - put your essay aside for a few
    weeks and reread again to see if it still makes
  • When talent, GPA, and test scores are equal - the
    essay will often determine who is chosen for

Five Fundamentals of a Successful Essay
  • Show, dont tell - a skillful writer lets
    evidence show that a proposition is true a
    clumsy one tells because his writing is not
    powerful enough to show
  • Use your own experiences - put yourself in the
    starring role and use your own real life thoughts
    and feelings. Give the reader a piece of your
  • Use the first person - the better the reader gets
    to know you as a person the more likely you will
    be admitted
  • Begin with a flourish - the most important
    sentence in your essay is the first one hook the
    reader with a first sentence that surprises and
    piques interest to read further polish that
    first sentence until it sparkles!!!!
  • Proofread - nothing is more damaging than an
    essay sull of typoes, speling misteaks, and
    grammar that aint no good

Best Essay Approaches
  • Openly discuss a personal problem or obstacle you
    have overcome
  • Share something real even though baring your soul
    to a complete stranger may seem uncomfortable
  • Write about a life changing experience dominated
    by the facts that happened and tell the story
    straight from your heart

Essay Turnoffs
  • Trite phrases - dont write about wanting to help
    people - think of something unique about you
  • Slickness - an essay that reads like it has been
    turned out by a public relations firm never works
    - let the real you shine through
  • Cynicism - a positive approach to life will score
  • Life histories - dont put the reader to sleep -
    make sure your essay has a point
  • Essay that goes on forever - more is not better -
    no sequels to War and Peace please - do not
    exceed the amount of space or number of words
    allotted for each essay
  • The Thesaurus Syndrome - dont over utilize
    ostentatiously pretentious language to delineate
    the thematic observations you are endeavoring to

  • Letters of recommendation matter because of
    substance, not because of who is writing them
  • They should tell the committee something about
    you as a person that comes out nowhere else in
    your application
  • Find people who are familiar with your goals and
    aspirations and can write about you in vivid
  • You will not be able to see the recommendation
    before it is sent, so choose carefully
  • Most selective colleges require one
    recommendation from a teacher - pick one who has
    taught you in your junior or senior year, who
    respects you as a person, and who can testify to
    some of your deeper and less obvious qualities
  • In general, do not send more recommendations than
    the application calls for
  • October 1st is the deadline to ask teachers to
    write a letter of recommendation

Teacher Recommendations
  • Most applications only request one teacher
  • Ask teachers early - the deadline to ask teachers
    is October 1st
  • Some teachers limit the number of letters they
  • Make a folder for each teacher - exactly like
    your red counselor folder
  • Teachers should mail their recommendations
    separately - do not give those to the counselor
    to mail
  • Remember to give teachers at least 10 school days
    notice when you need a letter of recommendation

How To Use Your Red Folder
  • During your senior class meeting, each student
    will receive a red folder with a cover sheet and
    additional information inside
  • You will use this folder all year to request
    recommendations, transcripts, and secondary
    school reports that are to be sent to the
    colleges you will be applying to
  • Please write on the cover sheet the date that you
    turn the folder into your counselor or teacher
  • You must submit this folder to your counselor at
    least 10 school days in advance of your first
    application deadline in order to give us time to
    process your applications
  • The earlier you turn in the folder the better -
    it gives us more time to produce meaningful and
    high quality letters and reports
  • Send the actual application and fees separately
    (online or through the mail). Do not submit
    money or checks to the guidance office

The Red Folder - Front Cover
  • Complete all information requested on the front
  • When listing what is inside your folder, only
    list what is actually being turned in that day
    and not all of the colleges you are applying to
    for the whole year
  • The order colleges are listed on the front cover
    needs to be the order they are inside the folder
    from earliest due date to the latest

The Red Folder - Inside Contents
  • Letter to your counselor stating information
    about you we may not be aware of and is not on
    your resume
  • An up to date resume
  • Any information that will help us write a rich
    and substantial letter of recommendation
  • If you wish, you can even write your own letter
    of recommendation and we will refine it and add
    our own thoughts about you
  • Secondary School Report, Counselor Form, or
    Curriculum Verification Form, Scholarship
  • Manila Envelope with Stamps for Postage
  • Large - 4-5 stamps
  • Paper-clip forms to envelope
  • Do not place stamps on envelope - just include
  • Place forms and envelopes in the order they are
    listed on the front cover page

Red Folder - Letter to Your Counselor
  • Include additional information that is not on
    your resume
  • You should include more personal information
  • Explain what is unique about you
  • Describe your strengths and weaknesses
  • Describe any hardships you have overcome
  • Describe how the university would benefit from
    accepting you - what special traits do you have
    that will benefit the school
  • Who has been your greatest influence in life and
    how have they have helped shape the kind of
    person you are
  • What are you passionate about and why?

The Red Folder - Common Applications
  • Make sure you indicate which schools need the
    common application
  • The common application usually requests
    counselors to submit on line when you finish
    filling out your portion of the Common
    Application, there should be a feature that
    allows you to send an invitation to your
    counselor to submit the Secondary School Report
  • I will receive an email from you at this point
    which requests me to fill out the Secondary
    School Report Online.

Mid-Year Reports and Final Transcripts
  • Some colleges (and all that use the common
    application) require a mid-year report and all
    colleges require a final transcript
  • Mid-year reports are not sent automatically - you
    must remind your counselor during the 2nd week in
    January to send a mid-year report if your college
    requires it
  • Fill out the mid-year report of the common
    application and give it to your counselor
  • We will send final transcripts two weeks after
    school is out in June to the one school you tell
    us you will be attending for 2013-2014

Stamps, Official Transcripts, School Profile
  • Make sure you bring in stamps for anything that
    has to be mailed to a college you are applying to
    or to organizations/corporations that sponsor
  • All transcripts sent to colleges are OFFICIAL -
    inside a sealed envelope with the principals
    signature and official school seal
  • In addition to the above, we are required to send
    a school profile with your transcript
  • The school profile highlights the schools
    grading scale and important statistics about our
    academic curriculum, test scores, and student body

Financial Aid - Sobering Facts
  • The cost of attending the most prestigious
    private colleges is about 200,000 over four
  • Tuition at public universities has risen more
    than 50 in inflation-adjusted dollars over the
    past ten years
  • As college costs go through the roof, government
    aid has failed to keep pace
  • Grant programs have withered and student debt has
    ballooned - make sure your chosen profession
    allows you the financial resources to repay these
  • Unless your last name is Gates or Rockefeller,
    money will ultimately influence the college
    search at every step

What Will College Cost?
  • Tuition - payment for required courses, study
    abroad, exchange programs
  • Fees - registration, parking, activities, health,
    laboratory, many others
  • Books and Materials - computer, required texts
    and supplies
  • Room - cost of dorm or apartment plus utilities
    and telephone
  • Food - meal plans, eating out, groceries
  • Transportation - two to three trips home or, if
    you keep an auto on campus, your gas expenses,
    insurance, parking fees, etc.
  • Personal - clothes, laundry, recreation, medical
    and dental, insurance
  • Miscellaneous - catchall for anything that
    doesnt fit in another category - think about
    adding 10 of the total amount of above

Types of Financial Aid
  • Merit Based Aid
  • Awarded solely on the basis of academic record or
    outstanding ability in many areas (such as the
  • Usually merit aid starts with GPAs around 3.8
    and ACT scores around 28 or is based entirely on
    your college audition
  • The amount of aid increases with higher scores
  • Each college sets its own criteria for granting
    merit based aid - search the scholarship section
    of their websites
  • Usually there is a separate application for Merit
    Aid, but some colleges are now automatically
    granting this aid based on examining your
    transcript and academic record you list on your
    general application for admission - make sure you
    know which method the college you are applying to
    uses for merit aid

Types of Financial Aid
  • Need Based Aid
  • Need is the difference between what it costs to
    attend a school and what you and your family are
    expected to pay
  • You might think of this as a formula
  • Cost of Education
  • - Expected Family Contribution
  • Need
  • The Expected Family Contribution is calculated
    through use of the FAFSA
  • In order to receive any financial aid you must
    fill out the FAFSA

  • FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal
    Student Aid
  • The form requests financial information for the
    2012 calendar year
  • Colleges use the FAFSA to determine eligibility
    for financial aid, including scholarships,
    grants, loans, and work study programs
  • The State and Federal government will use the
    FAFSA to determine eligibility for grants and

Information Needed When Filling Out the FAFSA Form
  • U.S. Income Tax Return for 2012
  • State (Local) Income Tax Return
  • W-2 Forms for money earned the past year
  • Current Bank Statements
  • Records of untaxed income
  • Current mortgage information
  • Business and farm records if applicable
  • Records of stock, bonds, and other investments
  • Students drivers license and Social Security

Other FAFSA Information
  • The FAFSA can be found online at
  • Applications open January 1, 2013
  • Both the student and one parent will have to
    request a PIN number
  • Deadline to apply is set by the colleges
    themselves, but in general Kentucky deadlines are
    February 15, 2013 Check to make sure!
  • File your income tax return as early as possible
    so you can submit the FAFSA and be eligible for
    as much aid as possible
  • Remember that aid is given out to those who
    request it - waiting means there is less to
  • There will be a FAFSA and Financial Aid Workshop
    at Manual on December 3, 2012 in the Manual
    Auditorium at 700 PM - plan to attend
  • Attend College Goal Sunday in January or February
    if you are having trouble with the FAFSA - there
    will be counselors available that will actually
    sit down with you and help you fill out the form

The CSS Profile
  • CSS stands for College Scholarship Service
  • The CSS Profile is an application distributed by
    the College Board
  • It is primarily designed to give private member
    institutions of the College Board a closer look
    into the finances of a student and family
  • It is much more detailed than the FAFSA
  • Generally, colleges with early acceptance
    programs use the CSS Profile in addition to FAFSA
    because the FAFSA is not available until after
    January 1st
  • For the 2010-2011 form the application fee was
    9.00 and an additional 16.00 per college

Popular Performing Arts Schools that Request the
CSS Profile
  • Bard College
  • Boston University
  • Butler University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Cleveland Institute of Music
  • DePauw University
  • Emerson College
  • Ithaca College
  • Manhattan School of Music
  • Northwestern University
  • Oberlin Conservatory
  • University of Michigan
  • Yale University
  • Plus all the Most Competitive Academic Colleges
    and Universities

Composition of a Financial Aid Package
  • An offer of financial aid from a college may
    include all or some of the following
  • State Grants (if attending in Kentucky)
  • Federal Grants
  • Work-Study Programs
  • Loans subsidized unsubsidized (must be
  • Scholarships and/or tuition remission vouchers

  • 95 of all scholarship money is available through
    the colleges themselves - search their financial
    aid site
  • Alumni Groups, National Corporations,
    Associations, your local high school, local
    businesses, community service organizations,
    fraternities and sororities, banks, and churches
    all offer scholarships
  • When scholarships become available that we know
    about you will receive an email announcing the
    specifics on eligibility requirements
  • - click on counselors, then
    click on scholarships
  • Check out Manuals College Career Room for
    Scholarship Applications

Scholarship Scams
  • Warning signs of scholarship scams
  • Application fees
  • Other fees
  • Guaranteed Winnings
  • Unsolicited Opportunities
  • Mail Drop Box Number or Residence for a return

Internet Searches for Financial Aid and
  • Financial Aid http//
  • Includes a top-quality homepage of links to
    many financial aid and related sites.
  • The expected family contribution estimator
    is a highlight of this site
  • FastWeb http//
  • Free scholarship search database that saves your
    profile and emails new sources of private merit
    aid to your mailbox online
  • Loan Repayment Estimator http//www.student-loan
  • Estimates monthly payments for various college
    loan programs
  • Sallie Mae http//
  • Nellie Mae http//
  • Information on Sallie Mae and Nellie Mae college

Net Price Calculator
  • As of October 2011, all colleges are required to
    include a net price calculator in their websites
  • It provides students with an estimated total cost
    to attend their college
  • The net price is the amount students would be
    expected to pay after grants and scholarships are
    deducted from the cost of attendance
  • Net price calculators represent a significant
    step toward helping students and their families
    make informed decisions about college costs
  • The College Board also has a net price calculator
    on their website located at www.netpricecalculator that gives students a
    personalized estimate, based on his/her situation
    and the institutions financial aid funds and
    awarding policies and practices

Some Thoughts for Parents
  • Communicate - be available to talk
  • Set Financial Parameters - as a family, set an
    understanding early on about how much you can pay
    out of pocket
  • Be Realistic - know the colleges standards and
    expectations and your own qualifications
  • Think Broadly - some of the best colleges may be
    ones neither of you has ever heard of
  • Let the Student Take Center Stage - dont try to
    manipulate the system - let them stand on their
    own merits
  • Dont Live Through Your Child - allow them to
    follow his or her own dreams instead of your own
  • Be Supportive - remind them they will be accepted
    to a good school - one where they will make
    friends, have fun, be challenged, and get the
    education they deserve
  • Redouble your efforts - when the rejection (thin
    envelope) and acceptance letters (thick envelope)
    arrive, be there for them

For Specific Information Regarding
  • National Merit Finalists Governors Scholars
    Program, Graduation Program - contact Amy Medley
  • ILP NCAA Clearinghouse - contact Marti Johnston
  • Advanced Placement - contact Christy Teague at
  • Scholarships Governors School for the Arts
    Junior and Senior Awards Programs, YPAS Senior
    Night - contact Dennis Robinson at