An Overview of this presentation
• Application “mantra”
• Office of Admissions – their job is to admit!
• Profile from Minnetonka High School
• College search process
• Select – don’t settle!
• 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!!
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)
Minnetonka High School – Profile from 2009 &
• % attending 4 year colleges 80%
• % attending 2 year colleges 13%
• % attending MN institutions 49%
• % attending out-of-state institutions 44%
Class of 2010
Univ of Minnesota - TC Normandale Community
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
Minnesota State - Mankato Univ of St. Thomas
Univ of Minnesota - Duluth Winona State Univ
• 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.
• National average composite 21.0
• Minnetonka average composite 25.8
• Number tested (Class of 2011) 532
• National average total (2400 scale) 1509
• Minnetonka average total 1885
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
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?
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?
Information Gathering -- The Basics of a
• Faculty/Student Ratio
• Major/Strongest programs/Courses offered
• Geographical location and distance from family
• Learning focus- Liberal Arts or Specialized School
• Tuition/Financial Aid/Scholarships
• Honors/accelerated programs
Information Gathering -- The Personality of the
• Retention Rate and Graduation Rate
• Dorm life/Greek life
• Male/female ratio
• Multi-cultural breakdown
• Religious affiliation
• Research opportunities
Information Gathering – Making Use of the
Information Gathering – Making use of local
• 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
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)
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
• Nov 15 Priority deadline for rolling admission
• November Deadline for application to Univ of
• Nov 18 Financial Aid programs at MHS
• Dec 1 Another deadline for early decision/early
• Jan 1 Deadline for many regular decision
Minnetonka guidance model – our pledge!
• 8 Guidance Counselors + 1 College Counselor
• College and Career Center
• Our pledge – to help each student find the best match possible for their post-secondary experience!
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