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1 College Application Process Michelle Sotelo Central Kitsap High School Guidance Counselor

2 COLD HARD FACTS Recordbreaking number of applications last year University of Washington: 31,608 applications. 17,450 admitted. 55% admit rate (68% were WA students). Boston University: 52,705 applications. 3,825 accepted. Average GPA = Average SAT score = Average ACT = 29. Pitzer College: 4,115 applications. 253 enrolled. Average GPA = Stanford: 42,167 applications. 2,145 admitted = 5.1% admit rate.

3 What are Colleges looking for in your application? Rigorous classes, GPA, ACT/SAT test scores Grade Trends Initiative Motivation & Work Ethic Self discipline Persistence/mastery Ability to overcome hardship Leadership Intellectual curiosity Creativity/resourcefulness Special talent

4 Application Procedures

5 Request OFFICIAL transcripts in the Counseling Office by completing a transcript request form and/or Sign the clipboard on Mrs. Merley s desk to release your transcripts electronically. If applying through Common Application, be sure to sign the clipboard, as your transcript will up uploaded electronically. *Do NOT send transcripts to UW or EWU upon application.

6 Who do I ask? How many do I need? How are they sent? Request letters of recommendation from teachers/counselor at least FOUR WEEKS in advance of the due date.

7 Be concise. Tell a story, but be appropriate if using humor. Often times, this is your only opportunity to let your voice be heard by admissions officers. Share new information about who you are as a person, not a regurgitation of your resume. Write it, come back to it and have others read it before you send it. Proofread over and over again before you hit submit! Mr. McCarthy is presenting tonight on writing your College Essay (Session 3 in Rm. 204)

8 Visit the College s website EARLY in your Senior year to familiarize yourself with the application procedures To find information: Use Counseling Center catalogs Use Internet resources such as the WOIS website (www.wois.org) & BigFuture.org Meet with your Counselor to: Get your Class Rank and GPA Discuss where you re applying and request School Report to be completed and/or Recommendation.

9 College Applications Checklist This document can be found on the CKHS Counseling Department Website:

10 Check College websites to see what tests are required Be sure to have test scores sent to colleges by including up to four schools on your initial test registration

11 Application Decision Types Regular Decision Early Action Early Decision (II) Priority Deadline is set (not binding) Apply early (not binding) Apply early (binding) Chosen applicants will be notified, some application requirements waived (not binding) Rolling Admission Take applications all year (not binding)

12 Three Types of Applications Type A: those only requiring an official high school transcript Type B: those requiring you to selfreport your high school grades Type C: those requiring an official high school transcript, school report, and teacher/counselor recommendation(s)

13 Type A: CWU, Evergreen College, WSU, WWU Complete the online application Have SAT/ACT scores sent directly to the college Request an official transcript from your Counseling Tech. in the Counseling Office. Allow hours for processing.

14 Type B: University of Washington & Eastern Washington University Complete online application including the Core Subjects page Have SAT/ACT scores sent directly to UW or EWU. Do not request official transcript. Request an unofficial transcript to self-report your coursework completed.

15 Type C: Private Schools (Gonzaga, PLU, Saint Martin s, SPU, SU, Puget Sound, Whitman, Whitworth) Complete online application. Don t forget supplemental items! Invite counselor and teachers to submit forms online and upload letter/transcript. Allow four weeks to process. Sign the yellow clipboard in the Counseling Office to allow transcripts to be released electronically.

16 Type B: Private Schools / Type C: Common Application - Gonzaga, PLU, Saint Martin s, SPU, SU, Puget Sound, Whitman, Whitworth

17 Document transfer services Over 500 Colleges use this application Certain colleges use this as an additional way to submit transcripts, school profiles and letters of recommendation. Please choose ONE!

18 Processing the Application What gets mailed and what is sent electronically? Do I mail it myself, or send it through the Counseling Center?

19 FAQ S

20 Senior Checklist Stay focused on academics (rigorous classes and grades) Clean up Facebook account Use an appropriate address and monitor frequently Retake SAT/ACT tests and send scores to colleges Student athletes? Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center Schedule Admission Office interview if needed for private colleges

21 Senior Checklist (Continued) Select a range of schools (safe, realistic, reach) Open an account for each college application Draft essays/short answers Common App? Invite counselor and teachers for Secondary School Report and letter of recommendation forms Attend upcoming events: Fall Evening College O.C. on 5:30 p.m. PNACAC National College Fair 10/31 & Washington State Convention Center Financial Aid CKHS on 6:30 p.m. in the Theatre College representative visits at CKHS Campus senior preview days at some Colleges Submit applications and supporting materials well before deadlines!

22 Junior Checklist Take the PSAT Wed., Oct. 15 th $17 Sign up tonight with Mrs. Conner! Attend National College Fair Oct. 31 / Nov 1 Take the SAT and/or ACT in the Spring Plan your courses carefully and be sure to do well in your classes this year! This year is what Colleges will use as your final grades to base their admissions decisions upon.

23 Questions? Please come to the Question & Answer Session 3 in Rm. 201

24 Tonight s Agenda Session I : 6:45 7:05 University of Washington Theater WSU Library WWU Rm. 301 PLU Rm. 302 Olympic College Rm. 304 Seattle University Rm. 303 EWU Rm. 305 CWU Rm. 308 We hope you enjoy your evening! Juniors, see Mrs. Conner to sign up for the PSAT!

25 Tonight s Agenda Session II : 7:10 7:30 University of Washington Theater WSU Library WWU Rm. 301 PLU Rm. 302 Olympic College Rm. 304 Seattle University Rm. 303 EWU Rm. 305 CWU Rm. 308 ROTC/Military Academy Career Center Scholarship Opportunities Rm. 205 We hope you enjoy your evening! Juniors, see Mrs. Conner to sign up for the PSAT!

26 Tonight s Agenda Session III : 7:35 7:55 Q & A College Application Procedures Rm. 201 NCAA Eligibility & College Athletics Rm. 202 College Essay Writing Rm. 204 Scholarship Opportunities Rm. 205 College Admissions Testing Rm. 301 Choosing a College Rm. 302 ROTC/Military Academy Career Center We hope you enjoy your evening! Juniors, see Mrs. Conner to sign up for the PSAT!

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