College Night: Spring 2008Selection, Admission, and More
Goals for the NightCover and discuss the factors and trends in college admission today.Describe what the application process will look like, how we help, and what we do.Discuss the topics which concern you.
DisclaimerMuch of this presentation addresses college admission in a global context; individual experiences will vary.
Trends in college admissionMore students applying to college. The numbers continue to grow, though growth did slow for the first time in seven years. Growth is expected to continue.Ultimately college is possible. National average is that 7 of 10 applicants acceptedCourse Rigor, grades, & admission tests most important admission criteria in generalParent involvement at an all time high.
Factors in the College Admission Decision: Percent of All Colleges Attributing Levels of Importance, 2005
FactorConsiderable ImportanceModerate ImportanceLimited ImportanceNo Importance
Grades in College Prep Courses73.915.664.60%
Standardized Admission Tests59.328.566.2
Grades in All Courses53.7184.108.40.206
Essay or writing sample23.334.82121
Student's Demonstrated Interest220.127.116.111
Subject Tests (SAT II, AP, IB)6.924.632.635.9
State Graduation Exam Scores6.712.329.751.3
Ability to Pay2.36.615.375.7
State or County of Residence1.47.916.374.4
Source: NACAC Admission Trends Survey, 2005
The application process: A rough sketchThe #1 rule: Dont Panic!Develop an interest list and examine your optionsTake a test, either the SAT and/or the ACTDo your research on prospective collegesNarrow down your interest list and focus your applicationsComplete your paperwork: applications, letters from teachers, transcripts, essays, addendums, etc.Follow-up with your colleges and keep your recordsWait for your resultsMake your final decision
Developing a list of prospective collegesWhat is that you expect from higher education?Advanced career opportunitiesInterpersonal growth and developmentA life long learning attitudeSeek out potential matches and use all the tools at your disposal.Be a smart shopper. Ask specific questions pertinent to your higher education goals.
Applying the three-tier approachWhy? to manage your risk amongst your prospective schools.At least a couple of schools with low riskA few that are of moderate risk levelOnly as many reaches as youre comfortable with
The bottom line on the SAT and the ACTNeither test is easier, they are equally challenging. Yet they are different.On concordance tables, students tend to perform equally on both tests.For the most part colleges across the nation report no preference for either test.
The #2 rule: Follow directionsKnow what a college expects from students.A little bit of organization goes a long way.Items that are considered recommended are often worth doing
Various Additional TasksLetters of recommendation Typically one good letter from a teacher of a core subject is better than three bland letters.Essays The key issue for many students with essays seems to be time management.Interviews Have some good questions prepared before going into an interview.Resumes & activity lists Go beyond bullet points to short sentences addressing what? & why?Addendums Its worthwhile to inform admissions counselors about special circumstances.
What is PVI guidance doing?Providing resources through the office and the websiteAppointments with studentsBiannual newsletterOnline college counseling tool: NavianceHosting visits from college representativesInformational sessions for parentsProviding colleges with qualitative information on student applicants.
Steps from hereClass of 2009Plan for taking an admissions test or twoRevisit Naviance accountPrepare a list of questions for individual appointment with counselorContinue (or begin) serious discussion about expectations and realityClass of 2010Work on developing your profileReview students high school planExplore some of the resources availableMaintain a positive but realistic attitudeRead Read Read
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Professionals in higher ED dont know what to make of parent involvement.How does college insure these points??my personal favorite is www.nacacnet.orgSummer programs