College Admissions 101

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An Overview of this presentation

• Application “mantra”

• Office of Admissions – their job is to admit!

• Profile from Minnetonka High School

• Performance

• Testing

• College search process

• Select – don’t settle!

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Application/admissions “mantra”

• For all of our students, let this be your “mantra.” You apply for admission to a college because you would like to go there!

• Focus as much on “going” to the college as you will about “getting in.”

• As a guidance staff, our goal in working with students in the college search process is to help them find the best match!!

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Office of Admissions

• Colleges seek the best students they can

find/attract/admit/enroll for their entering class

• Students seek the best college they can attend

• Everyone is aware of rankings, prestige, fame – nobody wants to miss out!

• Numbers are important – not just in terms of applications, but in terms of students’ data (gpa and test scores)

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Minnetonka High School – Profile from 2009 &

2010

• % attending 4 year colleges 80%

• % attending 2 year colleges 13%

• % attending MN institutions 49%

• % attending out-of-state institutions 44%

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Class of 2010

Univ of Minnesota - TC Normandale Community

College

Minnesota State - Mankato Univ of St. Thomas

Univ of Minnesota - Duluth Univ of Wisconsin - Madison Iowa State University

Class of 2009

Univ of Minnesota -TC Normandale Community

College

Minnesota State - Mankato Univ of St. Thomas

Univ of Minnesota - Duluth Winona State Univ

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Performance

• The high school transcript – the student’s record of academic achievement.

• The most important part of the application folder -- the rigor of the courses you have taken, the breadth of study within each department, and the grades you have earned will be examined in detail. The transcript speaks loudly.

• Colleges and universities want to see the quality of your life as a student. They want to see trends, growth, challenge, and achievement.

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Testing

• ACT

• National average composite 21.0

• Minnetonka average composite 25.8

• Number tested (Class of 2011) 532

• SAT

• National average total (2400 scale) 1509

• Minnetonka average total 1885

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Testing (continued) -- Upcoming test dates

• September 11 ACT

• October 9 SAT (Note: PSAT on October 13)

• October 23 ACT • November 6 SAT • December 4 SAT • December 11 ACT • January 22 SAT • February 12 ACT

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The College Search – How to begin?

Conduct a Self inventory

• What do you like to do?

• What do you hate to do?

• What subject excites you?

• What always bores you?

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Self inventory (cont.)

• Do you enjoy being a part of a large group? Or, do smaller groups suit you better?

• Do you want to stick close to home? Or, do you plan to move far away?

• Do you seek out diversity among your friends? Or, do you hang out with people who are very similar to you?

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Information Gathering -- The Basics of a

College Search

• Size

• Faculty/Student Ratio

• Major/Strongest programs/Courses offered

• Geographical location and distance from family

• Learning focus- Liberal Arts or Specialized School

• Urban/rural

• Tuition/Financial Aid/Scholarships

• Honors/accelerated programs

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Information Gathering -- The Personality of the

College

• Retention Rate and Graduation Rate

• Activities

• Dorm life/Greek life

• Facilities

• Male/female ratio

• Multi-cultural breakdown

• Religious affiliation

• Research opportunities

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Information Gathering – Making Use of the

Internet!

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Information Gathering – Making use of local

resources

• Attend the upcoming National College Fair in Minneapolis on October 6-7

• Take advantage of the 100+ admission representative visits to MHS

• Meet with your guidance counselor

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Select – don’t settle!

• Your top priority – finding the right fit! NOTE: You apply for admission to a college because you want to go there!

• College is a match to be made, not a prize to be won.

• Colleges don’t want you to enroll – they want you to graduate!

• National candidate reply date: May 1

• Highly selective = highly popular (but it doesn’t guarantee the best fit)

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Timeline – some upcoming dates

• Sept 14 Senior Seminar (during school day)

• Sept 21 Junior Seminar (during school day)

• Sept 27 Senior Parent Night Program

• Oct 6-7 National College Fair (Minneapolis)

• Oct 20-22 No school for seniors (MEA) – perfect

time for college visits!

• End of Oct Seniors compile final list of colleges

• Nov 1 Deadline for many early action/early

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Timeline (continued)

• Nov 15 Priority deadline for rolling admission

• November Deadline for application to Univ of

California schools

• Nov 18 Financial Aid programs at MHS

• Dec 1 Another deadline for early decision/early

action programs

• Jan 1 Deadline for many regular decision

schools

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Minnetonka guidance model – our pledge!

• 8 Guidance Counselors + 1 College Counselor

• Personalization

• College and Career Center

• Our pledge – to help each student find the best match possible for their post-secondary experience!

Phillip Trout

College Counselor

Minnetonka High School 952-401-5746

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