duPont Manual High School/ Youth Performing Arts School 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 You’re Getting Ready for the College Admissions Process, Get the Facts 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 Requirements 4 years of English (English 1,2,3,4) 4 years of Math (Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, or more advanced) 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 electives) 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 precalculus Texas – .5 credits of Speech and .5 credits of Economics 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 specialization) 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 Diploma Required Coursework for the Commonwealth Diploma Includes: 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 Science 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 www.ncaaclearinghouse.net The fee is $50.00 Apply at the end of your junior year – Mrs. Johnston will send your transcript Academic Status Report Student’s 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, A’s, B’s, C’s, D’s, and U’s!!! 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 grades 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 High School – no diploma High School Graduate Some College Associate’s Degree Bachelor’s Degree Master’s Degree Doctoral Degree Professional Degree Earnings $17,077 $25,288 $28,625 $30,047 $40,925 $48,642 $66,032 $83,649 Unemployment Rate 11.4% 6.3% 5.4% 3.4% 2.1% 1.8% 1.5% 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 Sciences 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 College Algebra College Social Sciences College Biology Overall College Readiness Score 18 on ACT English Test 22 on ACT Math Test 21 on ACT Reading Test 24 on ACT Science Test 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 – What’s 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 subscores SAT Tests critical thinking and problem solving skills Tests vocabulary much more Not entirely multiple choice Includes a guessing penalty Does not test grammar Scored on a scale of 200800 and has seven sections – 3 math, 3 verbal, plus an experimental section 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: www.actstudent.org To register for the SAT or to send your score reports to a college go to: www.sat.collegeboard.com Manual’s 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 graduation? Will you be happy doing this for the rest of your life? Have you researched to find the schools that are strong in that area? Have you found a Kentucky College you would happy attending? 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 Applications 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 world. 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 post 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 don’t, you’ll always wonder, “what if?” 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 scores 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 schools 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 card 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 responses Review a printed copy of your work whenever possible before sending and keep it for your records Take Precautions!!! - continued Electronic filers should receive an acknowledgement via return mail Don’t forget you may need to print and mail a signature page with a check for the application fee 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 – don’t 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 www.commonapp.org 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 college’s 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 Don’t 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 college’s preferred format for listing activities 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 college’s activities form Explain Everything If one of your activities was chairing the Founder’s Day Committee, it won’t 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 significance 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 individual Emphasize Your Strengths!!! Strong Academic Program Directed the Gospel Choir at your Church Your Major is going to be Greek!!! You’re 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 project You are an Eagle Scout or earned a Gold Key Award You’re 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 coincidence! 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 Life” You plagiarized a US History Paper and got caught Things That Can Hurt Your Chances You did not participate in any extracurricular activities 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 don’t 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 CAUTIOUS!!!! 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 institution 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 audition 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 professionalism) 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 Audition: Resume - 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 Positions 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 it’s own audition protocol regarding applying for and scheduling an admissions audition Audition repertoire may be different at each school - find out about each program’s audition requirements 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 college’s requirements so that you can arrive completely prepared and think about your performance 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 others 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 memorized If asked, be prepared to let the committee know who is your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice of applied teachers Bring extra copies of your resume Be focused but flexible - interact well with others 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 shopper” 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 school 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 Interviews 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 - don’t tell them you like current events and then go blank when they ask you about the Supreme Court’s latest decision 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 graduates? 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 Don’t waste words that aren’t essential to your point 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 sense When talent, GPA, and test scores are equal - the essay will often determine who is chosen for admittance Five Fundamentals of a Successful Essay Show, don’t 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 mind 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 ain’t 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 - don’t 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 points Life histories - don’t 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 - don’t over utilize ostentatiously pretentious language to delineate the thematic observations you are endeavoring to articulate. Recommendations 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 detail 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 recommendation Ask teachers early - the deadline to ask teachers is October 1st Some teachers limit the number of letters they write 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 cover 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 LEFT SIDE OF FOLDER 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 RIGHT SIDE OF FOLDER Secondary School Report, Counselor Form, or Curriculum Verification Form, Scholarship Applications Manila Envelope with Stamps for Postage Large - 4-5 stamps Paper-clip forms to envelope Do not place stamps on envelope - just include them 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 online. 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 scholarships All transcripts sent to colleges are OFFICIAL - inside a sealed envelope with the principal’s 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 school’s 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 years 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 loans 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 doesn’t 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 arts) Usually merit aid starts with GPA’s 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 it’s 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 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 loans 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 Student’s driver’s license and Social Security Card Other FAFSA Information The FAFSA can be found online at www.fafsa.ed.gov 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 distribute There will be a FAFSA and Financial Aid Workshop at Manual on December 3, 2012 in the Manual Auditorium at 7:00 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 submitted 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 repaid) Scholarships and/or tuition remission vouchers Scholarships 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 www.dupontmanual.com - click on counselors, then click on scholarships Check out Manual’s 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 address Internet Searches for Financial Aid and Scholarships Financial Aid: http://www.finaid.org 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://www.monster.com 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.studentloans.com/Repay.html Estimates monthly payments for various college loan programs Sallie Mae: http://www.salliemae.org Nellie Mae: http://www.nelliemae.org Information on Sallie Mae and Nellie Mae college loans 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.collegeboard.org that gives students a personalized estimate, based on his/her situation and the institution’s 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 college’s 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 - don’t try to manipulate the system - let them stand on their own merits Don’t Live Through Your Child - allow them to follow his or her own dreams instead of your own dreams 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; Governor’s Scholars Program, Graduation Program - contact Amy Medley [email protected] ILP; NCAA Clearinghouse - contact Marti Johnston [email protected] Advanced Placement - contact Christy Teague at [email protected] Scholarships; Governor’s School for the Arts; Junior and Senior Awards Programs, YPAS Senior Night contact Dennis Robinson at [email protected] Questions???