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YBM College Webinar - Terminology and Admissions

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YBM Leadership Alliance webinar on college terminology presented by Calvin Wise Senior Associate Director of Admission at John Hopkins University.

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YBM College Webinar - Terminology and Admissions

  1. 1. College Search and Admissions 101 Calvin Wise Senior Associate Director of Admissions
  2. 2. College Search: Location and Size Geography/Setting: • How far away from home do you want to be? • Consider not only distance, but the cost of travel to and from home. • What’s the ideal surrounding environment? • Think about the types of experiences you want to have, and how certain settings may facilitate those experiences. • Do you want to have easy access to a metropolitan area? • Or are you more concerned about having access to great outdoor experiences? Size: • Colleges come in all sizes, and the size of a school is often related to the academic and social opportunities available to you in college. • Think about the environment that you feel you learn best in, as well as what makes you feel most comfortable.
  3. 3. College Search: Academics Liberal Arts Colleges: • Well-rounded educational experience. • These small- to medium-sized schools (under 10,000 students) offer programs that enable students to explore their academic interests while honing verbal and analytical skills. Examples: Davidson, Guilford Specialty Schools: • Programs are designed for specific careers or concentrations. Examples: Babson College (business), University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Peabody Institute. National/Regional Universities: • These schools are often medium to large in size (5,000+ students), offer a number of pre-professional majors and programs, and give students a multitude of options because they have both liberal arts as well as specialized majors. Examples: Johns Hopkins University, Duke, Elon, UNC Charlotte
  4. 4. College Search: Student Life Student Life: In high school, 40 hours of your week are spent in the classroom, compared with only 15 hours per week in college. You’ll need to learn to manage your free time effectively. Things to consider: • Diversity (racial/ethnic, religious, ideological, gender, geographic, socio- economic status) • Greek life • Athletics • Performing Arts • Community Service • Research • Internships • Study Abroad
  5. 5. College Search: Campus Visit Campus tours: Usually led by students, tours are a great way to both see the important parts of campus and also an opportunity to get to hear a student’s experiences firsthand. Information sessions: Usually about an hour-long presentation led by a member of the admissions office, these sessions are a chance to learn about the school and an excellent place for you to ask questions you may about different aspects of the school, from academics and activities to specifics about the application process. Class visits: Some schools may offer class visits at various points in the year; check in advance whether or not this is offered and how the registration process works. Overnight visits: Many colleges offer overnight visits where prospective students are paired with a current student host. You’ll generally shadow the student’s day—eating meals with them in the dining halls, visiting their classes, and spending the night in their residence hall. You usually need to register in advance for these events, so you should plan accordingly.
  6. 6. College Search: Cost and Other Factors Cost: • Do research beyond the sticker price (tuition + room and board + fees) • It’s possible for a school to be an academic match and a financial reach. • Choosing a college in April after you receive your financial aid offer can be a lot more difficult if you didn’t do research on this before you applied. • Burden of paying for college education is on the family • Aid is supposed to supplement the family’s ability to pay • Cost of attendance (COA) = tuitions + fees + travel + room and board + books and supplies + misc. • Expected Family Contribution (EFC)= parent contribution + student contribution • COA-EFC= Financial Need • Financial Need = student loans + work-study + federal/state grants + university scholarship
  7. 7. College Search: Cost and Other Factors
  8. 8. College Search: Cost and Other Factors Merit Scholarships can be used for either need, or to cover part of a student’s EFC. Need Options: •Pell Grant •Sub Loan •FSEOG Grant •Hopkins Grant •Work Study EFC Options: •Un-Sub Loan •Parent PLUS Loan •Outside Scholarships JHU meets 100% of demonstrated need!
  9. 9. College Admission: The Application • University/State Specific Application • Common Application • Coalition Application • Universal College Application
  10. 10. College Admission: The Review •Grades •What do the grades mean? •*Standardized test (ACT, SAT, SAT II, AP, IB) •Essays • Activities list • Letters of Recommendation • *Interviews • *Demonstrated Interest • *Talent based submissions
  11. 11. Junior Year 1. Often junior year grades are the final grades that will influence the college application. 2. Continue involvement in activities that will develop leadership skills; update the academic and extracurricular portfolio. If you are not involved in extracurricular activities or work, it is not too late. 3. Register for the October PSAT/NMSQT; register for SAT, ACT and SAT Subject Tests in the spring. 4. Set up the college application process checklist, college folders and calendar. 5. With your family, begin to learn about financial aid (grants, scholarships, loans, and work study). 6. Meet with the school counselor to discuss the preliminary list of colleges; continue to research colleges of interest. Aim for a final list of three to eight colleges. 7. Attend college fairs and visit college campuses during spring break and summer vacation. 8. Choose meaningful summer activities: academic or enrichment programs, volunteer activities or employment. 9. Begin preparation for the application process (draft essays, assemble portfolios, contact coaches if you are an athlete, consider letters of recommendation, etc.).
  12. 12. Senior Year 1. Continue to monitor academic progress throughout the senior year… No Senioritis! 2. Continue involvement in activities that utilizes leadership skills; update the academic and extracurricular portfolio. 3. Take college admission tests as needed: SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests, and have test scores sent to the appropriate colleges. 4. Update the college application checklist and college folders. Write due dates on the calendar and meet them. 5. Complete all portions of the college application and submit on time. Make copies of everything. 6. Complete financial aid applications (for grants, scholarships, loans and work- study). This may include the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), the CSS Profile (if required), and the college’s financial aid forms. 7. Set up interviews and plan final visits to colleges. 8. In the spring review offers of acceptance, and compare financial aid packages, then make a decision of which college to attend. 9. Notify all colleges of your decision by May 1. Send required deposits. 10. Plan meaningful summer activities and pack for college.
  13. 13. Resources College Search • https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/college-search College Application • https://www.commonapp.org/ • https://www.universalcollegeapp.com/ • http://www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org/ • https://www1.cfnc.org/College_Application_Week/College_Application_ Week.aspx
  14. 14. Resources Testing • https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/about/benefits/khan-academy- practice Financial Aid • Net Price Calculator: www.jhu.edu/finaid • FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid is typically a required document for those who wish to apply for financial aid. • CSS PROFILE: Prospective students applying for financial aid must submit the CSS PROFILE online to be considered for institutional (Hopkins) need- based funding. • https://www.collegeboard.org/membership/all-access/financial-aid/prior- prior-year-what-it-and-why-it-s-important-start-planning

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