COLLEGE EXPLORATION PROGRAM Presented by: Seniors Class of 2011’ Ashley Smith & Corinne Madsen
Student/Parent CAC Meeting Discuss
Safety schools Reach schools Premed / Engineering Programs?
Final list due in fall
Finalize College List Make your list horizontal
Decide on teacher recommendation Letter
Specifics on the College Application
Grades Test Scores Activities Teacher Recs Essays
What are the most important aspects of the college
SAT vs. ACT
SAT II ? Does
your schools require them?
Do I just send my best possible standardized test scores to
Select teachers Hand each teacher:
Recommendation Request Form Addressed and stamped envelopes 1 per college
Teacher Evaluation Form Printed from Common App or college’s 1 per college
The Common Application
Grouping of 390 member schools Send to all member institutions
Personal information Personal Essay/Statement Extracurricular Essay
THIS ESSAY IS VERY IMPORTANT!
Insight to who you are Conveys something special to you
Make sure to make time for ……….
…… Supplements What is a supplement? Easy: New College of Florida • General Info (usually already filled in from previous sections) • Only asked whether or not you’re a resident of Florida
Medium: Brandeis • General Info (usually already filled in from previous sections) • 250 Word Essay
Hard: Princeton: • General Info (usually already filled in from previous sections) • Description of Summer Activities • Your favorite book, movie, website, recording, source of inspiration, word, keepsake or memento, and line from a movie or book and two words your friends would use to describe you. • 500 Word Essay University of Chicago: • General Info (usually already filled in from previous sections) • Essay 1 • Optional Essay 2 • Essay 3
Early Decision/ Early Action
November, early December
Single-Choice Early Action Institutional scholarships Rolling Admission Turn in Processing Slips
Early Action vs. Early Decision ?
Deadline List October 1 - UIUC Application Deadline Early to Mid November (1-15) - Early Action/Decision Deadline Early to Mid J anuary (1-15) - Normal Application Deadline February 15 - Latest Date for Rolling Applications November 1 - March 15 - Due dates for various scholarship applications General Schedule August-September: CAC Meeting September-October: Talk to your teachers about recs September-October: Turn in UIUC Application November: Apply Early to schools that require early application for scholarship or top choice schools December-J anuary: Apply to the rest of your schools J anuary-March: Turn in additional scholarship applications
Submitting Your Application
Components of your application: Common App Supplement Test scores Application fee Checking status
of teacher recs
Processing Slip Secondary School Report
SECOND SEMESTER SENIOR YEAR! Wait until Spring and see all your hard work pay off…
Itâ€™s all importan
Some schools want them all.
Essays that show more about you. When is looking at the supplements essays for college apps is important? a. Choosing schools to apply to b. Choosing how many schools to apply to c. Choose where in the country to apply to
What about Schools not registered with Common Application?
Ask for similar information as common app
It’s own supplementary essays Through the school’s website with its own login May have special deadlines
b. Choosing how many schools to app to
Early Decision =bindin