2 State vs. Community College vs. Technical School vs. Private Does anyone know the difference? Community college versus university Open door policy versus selective admissions Types of programs: Certificate Associates degree Bachelors degree Masters degree Doctorate degree
3 What are some of the benefits you can think of for attending a community college?
4 Benefits of Community Colleges Tuition is less expensive Reduced living expenses Smaller class sizes Opportunities to explore careers and majors Day, night and online courses Variety of degree and transfer options Diverse student body Faculty hired to teach Chance to reset/improve GPA Open door policy
5 True Facts about Open Door MYTH: It s okay if I do poorly in high school, because I can take any community or technical college class I want. Classes are easier. FACT: Open door simply means colleges offer a variety of class levels and student services to accommodate differing readiness levels. MYTH: I can enroll anytime. FACT: While students may be admitted, certain classes might be full.
6 Educational Options University Transfer Preparation for transfer to four-year colleges as a junior Completion of lower division general education requirements Associate of Arts (AA)/Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) Associate of Science (AS-T) Major-Related Program (MRP) Professional Technical Training and skills development to prepare for work Some competitive or restricted admission Associate in Applied Science (AAS)/Technical Arts (ATA) Certificates and Certifications
7 Tuition Rate Comparisons Estimated annual tuition (9-month calendar) for College Tuition & Fees* Room & Board Subtotal University of Washington $12,394 $10,833 $23,227 Western Washington University $8,965 $10,042 $19,007 Eastern Washington University $7,972 $9,628 $17,600 Pacific Lutheran University $36,180 $10,230 $46,410 Olympic College $4,000 $4,500 (not including meals) $8,500 *In addition to these expenses, make sure to budget for books, supplies transportation and miscellaneous personal expenses
8 New Student Checklist 1) Apply online or in-person to get your SID # 2) Apply for financial aid 3) Take the Accuplacer assessment 4) Meet with an advisor/advising orientation (SOAR) 5) Register 6) Pay for tuition and fees 7) Buy books
9 Applying to OC Complete an OC Application for admission. You will receive an OC Student ID number.
10 How to Pay for College Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Federal financial aid (loans and grants) State financial aid Work study Scholarships Personal savings/personal loans Relatives Help from employers Military benefits
11 Accuplacer Resources and Tips Resources: The Official ACCUPLACER Study App Accuplacer FYI Computerized placement test Self-paced, no time limit (typical session is 2 hours) Available at all 3 OC campuses or may be offered at your high school Cost is $20.00 View sessions, sign-up and pay testing fee online Review study guides but not cram
12 2015 Timeline Apply for Financial Aid mid February Take the Accuplacer by late May Contact OC and set-up a SOAR session and advising appointment before June 11 th Be ready to register on June 11 th Pay Tuition and Fees by late August Attend fall classes starting September 21 st
13 Things to Keep In Mind Be ready to register as soon as your day/time come up!!! Waitlists Apply for Financial Aid by the March 15 statewide priority date if possible. What happens if you apply later?
14 Planning to Transfer? Transferring with a degree versus credits alone In-state versus out-of-state institutions Does it help if you know where you want to transfer to? University Transfer Tips Determine courses needed to be major ready Research grade and foreign language requirements Admissions is not guaranteed Confirm requirements with Admission at the transfer college
15 Bachelor Degree Options Applied Baccalaureates 17 options at 10 colleges OC offers: Bachelors of Science, Nursing (RN-BSN) Bachelors of Applied Science, Information Systems University Centers & Partnerships Most community colleges partner with four-year schools to offer bachelor s (or master s) degrees on their campus OC partners with WSU, WWU, WGU, Brandman, Old Dominion
16 OC Dual Credit Options Running Start Eligible juniors and seniors Transfer and vocational college-level courses Advanced Placement (AP) Accelerated preparation for AP tests & credit AP College Board scores of 3-5 = college credit Tech Prep Specific occupational/technical education courses Sign up with HS counselor or teacher and earn OC credit
17 Get Involved! Recreation & Sports (e.g. Volleyball) Music, Drama and Media (e.g. Vocal Jazz) Associated Students of Olympic College (ASOC) Phi Theta Kappa Multicultural Services Center Student Clubs Department/discipline related Hobbies/special interest Cultural/identity based
18 Olympic College Contact Information Online: Phone: or Main Campus 1600 Chester Avenue Bremerton, WA
19 ERIN RUNESTRAND Director of Running Start & High School Outreach & JAMIE HAMMON Running Start Coordinator Olympic College HSS Chester Avenue Bremerton, WA /08/15 Click to edit Master subtitle style
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