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1 12 TH GRADE PARENT COFFEE SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 THE COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS International School of Panama

2 HANDOUTS SENIOR FALL 2014 TO-DO LIST SENIOR BRAG SHEET PROCEDURES FOR SENDING APPLICATION MATERIALS VIA COURIER

3 STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES COMPLETE APPLICATIONS & ESSAYS KEEP TRACK OF DEADLINES REQUEST LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION SEND SAT / ACT SCORES SUBMIT APPLICATION ALONG WITH FEE REQUEST TRANSCRIPT FROM COUNSELOR ARRANGE COURIER DELIVERY IF NEEDED

4 PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES SUPPORT YOUR SON OR DAUGHTER WITH STAYING ORGANIZED AND KEEPING TRACK OF DEADLINES REMEMBER THAT IT IS YOUR SON OR DAUGHTER GOING TO COLLEGE, NOT YOU STAY BALANCED AND ENJOY THE YEAR

5 COUNSELOR RESPONSIBILITIES SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS, LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION, ISP PROFILE, AND PREDICTED IB SCORES UPON STUDENT REQUEST MEET INDIVIDUALLY WITH EACH SENIOR TO DISCUSS FUTURE PLANS: COLLEGE OR GAP YEAR ASSIST EACH STUDENT WITH NAVIANCE WRITE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION PROMOTE COLLEGE VISITS TO ISP, SEND REMINDERS ABOUT SAT/ACT, OFFER SUPPORT WITH THE APPLICATION PROCESS AS A WHOLE

6 SAT / ACT SCORES IF TEST SCORES ARE REQUIRED, SCORES MUST BE SENT DIRECTLY TO THE UNIVERSITY BY SAT/ACT: RES/SEND-SAT-SCORES RES/SEND/

7 TEST OPTIONAL SCHOOLS THERE ARE NUMEROUS COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES THAT DO NOT REQUIRE THE SAT/ACT. PLEASE VISIT ITY/OPTIONAL FOR THE FULL LIST OF SCHOOLS.

8 SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION TRANSCRIPTS LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION SAT/ACT SCORES APPLICATION AND FEE STATEMENT OF FINANCES FORM: BANK STATEMENT/LETTER

9 THE ESSAY MUST BE THE STUDENT S BEST WORK MUST BE PERFECTED BEFORE BEING UPLOADED / PASTED INTO THE APPLICATION USE AVAILABLE RESOURCES TO HELP: TEACHERS, PRINTED GUIDES, THE INTERNET CONSIDER THE SOURCE CAREFULLY WHEN USING THE INTERNET D/ESSAYS/A/ESSAYPROMPTS.HTM

10 LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION TEACHERS WHO WILL HIGHLIGHT YOUR STRENGTHS (CHOOSE CAREFULLY) PLAN AHEAD: A GOOD LETTER TAKES TIME. TEACHERS NEED AT LEAST 2 WEEKS TO WRITE THE BEST LETTER POSSIBLE.

11 HOW MANY SHOULD I APPLY TO? THERE IS NO CORRECT ANSWER FOR ALL PERHAPS APPLY TO 5 TO 7 SCHOOLS BE SURE THAT EACH SCHOOL FITS YOUR NEEDS AND IS SOMEWHERE YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND COVER A WIDE RANGE OF ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: GPA, TEST SCORES, ETC.

12 ABOUT REACH SCHOOLS STANFORD UNIVERSITY HARVARD UNIVERSITY BROWN UNIVERSITY MACALESTER COLLEGE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY MCGILL UNIVERSITY 7% ACCEPTED 6% ACCEPTED 9% ACCEPTED 35% ACCEPTED 44% ACCEPTED 50% ACCEPTED

13 THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX THE PARTICULAR COLLEGE A STUDENT ATTENDS IS FAR LESS IMPORTANT THAN WHAT THE STUDENT DOES TO DEVELOP HIS OR HER STRENGTHS AND TALENTS OVER THE NEXT 4 YEARS. WILLIAM R.FITZSIMMONS HARVARD DEAN OF ADMISSIONS

14 APPLYING IN CANADA INDIVIDUAL UNIVERSITY WEBSITES ONTARIO UNIVERSITIES APPLICATION CENTER FOR ALL SCHOOLS IN ONTARIO: APPLICATION & AID DEADLINES: OFTEN EARLY SPRING CHECK SPECIFIC WEBSITES

15 APPLYING IN THE UNITED KINGDOM UCAS ONLINE APPLICATION/FEE PAYMENT: APPLY FOR UP TO 5 COURSES/MAJORS DEADLINE: 15 JANUARY 2015 (WITH EXCEPTIONS) DEADLINE: 15 OCTOBER 2014 FOR CAMBRIDGE, OXFORD, AND COURSES IN MEDICINE, DENTISTRY, VETERINARY MEDICINE, OR VETERINARY SCIENCE

16 APPLYING IN EUROPE CHECK INDIVIDUAL WEBSITES FOR APPLICATION PROCEDURES AND DEADLINES FOR STUDY IN THE NETHERLANDS: ES/DEFAULT.ASPX

17 APPLYING IN THE USA INDIVIDUAL UNIVERSITY WEBSITES THE COMMON APPLICATION / NAVIANCE EARLIER DEADLINES: EARLY DECISION (NOVEMBER OR DECEMBER) REGULAR: OFTEN JANUARY 1 OR 15 CHECK WEBSITES CAREFULLY FOR DATES AND DEADLINES

18 TYPICAL TIMELINE - THE USA SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER VERIFY REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH SCHOOL EARLY OR REGULAR APPLICATION/DECISION? REQUEST LETTERS AND WRITE ESSAYS REGISTER / TAKE SAT OR ACT IF NEEDED WORK ON ONLINE APPLICATIONS NOVEMBER COMPLETE THE APPLICATIONS CHECK ON LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

19 TYPICAL TIMELINE - THE USA DECEMBER ALL TRANSCRIPT REQUESTS AND MATERIALS TO COUNSELORS BY DECEMBER 1 SUBMIT ALL MATERIALS WITH DEADLINES DURING WINTER BREAK BEFORE DECEMBER 15 JANUARY APRIL COMPLETE AND SUBMIT ANY LATER APP S NOTIFY COUNSELORS OF ANY ACCEPTANCES! MAY COMPLETE IB EXAMS AND SEND SCORES TO YOUR COLLEGE

20 WHAT COLLEGES LOOK FOR THE BEST FIT STUDENTS WHO MOST CLOSELY MATCH WHAT A SCHOOL VALUES MAY INCLUDE A WIDE VARIETY OF CHARACTERISTICS: ACADEMIC ABILITY, LEADERSHIP, INTELLECTUAL CURIOSITY, DESIRED MAJOR, PERSONALITY, TALENTS, SERVICE, INTERNATIONAL, AND MANY OTHERS

21 NAVIANCE

22 NAVIANCE A COLLEGE RESEARCH TOOL COUNSELORS WILL SEND TRANSCRIPTS, LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION, AND ISP PROFILE TO COLLEGES THROUGH NAVIANCE STUDENTS - FINAL COLLEGE LIST, REQUEST TEACHER RECOMMENDATIONS, LINK TO COMMON APPLICATION

23

24 THINGS TO DO NOW FINALIZE THE UNIVERSITY LIST CREATE APPLICATION ACCOUNTS ONLINE AND BEGIN THE APPLICATIONS ASK FOR LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION WRITE THE ESSAYS BE AWARE OF OCTOBER DEADLINES (UCAS AND A FEW OTHERS) VISIT COLLEGES IF POSSIBLE

25 UPCOMING EVENTS SENIORS - INDIVIDUAL MEETINGS WITH COUNSELORS COLLEGE ESSAY WORKSHOP TODAY COLLEGE VISITS SAT - OCTOBER 11 AND/OR NOVEMBER 8 ACT - OCTOBER 25

26 SAT SUBJECT TESTS SOME UNIVERSITIES REQUIRE SAT SUBJECT TESTS CHECK THE SCHOOL WEBSITE SIGN UP THROUGH SAT.COLLEGEBOARD.ORG

27 ANY QUESTIONS?

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