The College Application Process

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The College Application Process McGann Mercy High School January 11, 2017 Kathleen Magistro Director of Undergraduate Admissions St. Joseph s College Location : Patchogue, NY Suburban Campus Commuter School
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The College Application Process McGann Mercy High School January 11, 2017 Kathleen Magistro Director of Undergraduate Admissions St. Joseph s College Location : Patchogue, NY Suburban Campus Commuter School Small, Private, 4-year, Liberal Arts Institution Current tuition - $24,500 ( ) Rolling Admissions GPA Requirement Strong B student unweighted GPA of at least an 80 SAT average 1100 New SAT ACT 22 Composite Score Required NCAA Division III Before Applying Know where the student stands academically GPA, rank, regents scores, curriculum of program of interest Research careers of interest, majors, and colleges Take SATs/ ACTs- senior year test scores can matter Get involved in outside activities Leadership roles, work, community service Focus on what student is passionate about Visiting campus Admissions interview, team visit, regional college nights Make sure student s address, social networking accounts are appropriate Application Options The Common Application Over 500 member institutions Check application fee waiver ability Supplemental materials for separate institutions The Universal College Application Approximately 50 member institutions SUNY Application SOAR Student Online Academic Record- can start as early as 9 th grade College Specific Online Application or paper application May ask for less information Send test score/ transcript information manually Can contact school directly for troubleshooting Receipt confirmation Onsite Application days Sit one on one with an admissions representative Provide school with transcripts and test scores, completed application Deadlines to remember Early Decision (Binding) vs. Early Action Rolling Admissions- priority deadlines Financial Aid- can be processed as of October 1, 2017 Financialaidtoolkit.ed.gov Scholarship Deposit/ Commitment May 1st Housing Waitlisted decisions Application Submission Process Request application forms and information from colleges-preference? Request letters of recommendations Write and proof essay Interview with colleges if necessary or recommended Complete application- Make copies of all materials sent If applying online, make sure to hit submit and receive a confirmation Include signature page, application fee Send supplemental materials Send transcript and test scores Follow up on additional materials needed if file is incomplete Send mid year grades Complete Financial Aid process Reviewing an Application Academic Transcript GPA of Freshman through Junior Year Consistency through senior year- mid year grade reports Weighted vs. Unweighted Trends SAT and ACT scores-*new SAT as of Spring Scores out of 1600 Evidence Based Reading and Writing + Math, optional essay SAT score converter available on collegeboard.org Curriculum- college preparatory courses most important 4 Major Subjects - Recommended Math, English, History, Science Specific Subjects for majors Foreign languages Course Level- Regents, Honors, AP, College Courses Elective courses chosen Regents Exam Scores- consistency in course grades Reviewing an Application Biographical Data- Geographic location, background, extenuating or unusual life circumstances and experience, first generation Essay Consistency in writing skills, attention to topic, avoid controversial subject material Can set apart two academically similar students Letters of Recommendation- teacher, counselor vs. coach Class Ranking- not required by all institutions Activities Resume- treat application process like a job service, leadership, non-academic achievements Portfolio and Special Talents if required Questions?? Kathleen Magistro Director of Undergraduate Admissions
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