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College Preparation Seminar Shirdi Sai Center, Milpitas June 8, 2013

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C ollege Preparation Seminar. Shirdi Sai Center, Milpitas June 8, 2013. Presenters. Dr. Madhu Uppula Shirdi Sai Center Volunteer MVROP and Logan High School teacher, Medical Occupations Adarsh Uppula Founder, Pivotle Software, www.pivotle.com - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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College Preparation Seminar

College Preparation SeminarShirdi Sai Center, MilpitasJune 8, 2013PresentersDr. Madhu UppulaShirdi Sai Center VolunteerMVROP and Logan High School teacher, Medical Occupations

Adarsh UppulaFounder, Pivotle Software, www.pivotle.comEntrepreneur and Software Engineer, ex-Cisco SystemsUC Berkeley, BS Electrical Engg. & Computer Sciences (EECS), 2008

Dr. Anuhya UppulaEntering UCSF Resident, Dept. of Pediatric Dentistry, class of 2016UPenn, School of Dentistry, Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD), 2013UC Berkeley, BA Integrated Biology, 2009

Help high school students and their parents understand the college admission processBonus: how to get a head start in college!We went to a similar seminar ourselvesTopics:High school preparationStandardized testsApplication processFinancial informationPlease hold any questions until the Q&A (60 min)

AgendaHigh School Preparation

Freshman YearEnroll in college prep and honors courses if possibleHonors and AP courses get extra point in weighted GPA calculationsDo well in school from now on, colleges don't look at middle school and priorStart exploring interests, think about career pathsBuild relationship with high school guidance counselorDo internships or volunteer activitiesExplore hobbies, sign up for clubs of interest, get involvedStart developing leadership positionsDownload a sample college application, read through it and know what colleges expect

Sophomore YearStart attending college fairsJob shadow at local offices if appropriateGet a summer job if appropriatePrepare for and take sample ACT/SATTake Community College courses in the summer (can be used to skip HS classes, get college credit)Start taking SAT Subject tests right after you take relevant class

Junior YearPSAT in October - National Merit ScholarshipTake ACT/SAT prep courses if requiredTake ACT/SATResearch colleges of interest, contact themTour colleges (Spring break is ideal for this)Take AP courses and any required elective coursesMake sure you meet the Admissions criteria (UCs require certain amount of A-G unit credits)Start figuring out which major you would apply forStart attending college admission events at school

Senior YearEarly 1st semester is last chance to take ACT/SATAsk a friend in college whether you can shadow them to see if you like the college you are interested inKeep in touch with schools of interest, let them know how strongly you are interestedFill out college and financial aid applications (apply to many)Apply for eligible scholarships (apply to many)Ask for recommendations early! Beware of senioritis - colleges can revoke your admission for poor grades; a good HS GPA can be to your advantageDecide on a major, some colleges will require itAdmission decisions received, revisit campus and decide

ExtracurricularsSports, School teamsMusical InstrumentsHobbiesSchool ClubsVolunteeringCommunity serviceJobs, job shadowingBetter to have a few deep ones - colleges want to sense your passion in your interests, not just a long listThese will be helpful in your college essaysWill help shape your interests and decide on a major

Standardized Tests

SATSTAR exams are HS requirement (colleges don't care)PSAT - practice SAT, determines National Merit Scholarship status (will look great on application)SAT Reasoning test - standard testACT Plus Writing - alternative, different structure, try this tooSAT Subject testsSciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)Languages (Spanish, French, etc)Math (Level 1 and 2)etc

SAT StructureSAT Writing25 minutes - Essay25 minutes - 35 questions(improving sentences and paragraphs, identifying sentence errors)10 minutes - 14 questions(improving sentences)SAT StructureSAT Critical Reading25 minutes - 24 questions(sentence completion, short reading comprehension)25 minutes - 24 questions(sentence completion, short reading comprehension)20 minutes - 19 questions(sentence completion, long reading comprehension)SAT StructureSAT Math25 minutes - 20 questions(multiple choice)25 minutes - 18 questions(8 multiple choice, 10 grid-in)20 minutes - 16 questions(multiple choice)ACT StructureACT English45 minutes - 75 questions(standard written English and rhetorical skills)

ACT Mathematics60 minutes - 60 questions(mathematical skills acquired in courses taken up to the beginning of grade 12)ACT Reading35 minutes - 40 questions(reading comprehension)ACT StructureACT Science35 minutes - 40 questions(interpretation, analysis, reasoning, and problem-solving in natural sciences)ACT Writing30 minutes - 1 prompt(writing skills emphasized in high school English and entry-level college composition)

AP ExamsAP exams - depending on school, 3 or above will get you college credit (save $$ and time)Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics B/C)Languages (English, Spanish, French, etc)Math (Calculus AB/BC, Statistics)Take as many as you can without killing yourselfThese are very much like first year breadth courses at collegeCan take exams for courses you didn't takeApplication Process

Colleges and DegreesCommunity collegeAssociate/Applied Sciences Degree AS, AA - 2yrs, directly to work - 60 credits minTransfer to state or UC systemCSU/UC/Private collegesBachelors' degree - 4yrs 120 credits minBA vs BSMajor - emphasis; premed; uniqueMinor, Double majorUS News & World Report has rankings

Medical/Dental/OptometryMedicalMCAT, 141 programs, some 6 yr and 7 yr programs$200,000 - 280,000*DentalDAT, 50+ schools in US, 5 year program (UOP)$350,000 - 400,000*OptometryOAT, 18 schools in US$100,000 - 200,000*

*depends on many factors: in state vs out of state, public vs private, some states like TexasEngineeringMany disciplinesElectrical Engg. vs Computer Science vs Computer Engg. vs EECSUndeclared vs Declared (e.g. Berkeley)BA vs BS (e.g. Berkeley)5 Year BS/MS programHobby projects

Engineering Rankings (US News)#1 MIT#2 Stanford University#3 UC Berkeley#3 CalTech#5 UofI Urbana-Champaign#5 Georgia Institute of Technology#7 UMich Ann Arbor#8 Carnegie Mellon University#8 Cornell University

When people start talking about the future after graduation

How far can you go? Career PathwayCollege ApplicationEarly admission, 5 yr, 6 yr programsCreate calendar with deadlinesExcel sheet with programs, deadlines, $ fees, requirementsApply to many (solid, maybe, reach)Deadlines:Application opens: Oct for UC'sApplication deadline: Dec - Feb (depends on each school) Nov 30 for UC'sResults: varies by school, March 31 for UC's

ApplicationFees - UC: $70Citizen vs international studentBasic financial info, demographic infoOfficial test scoresOfficial transcriptsGPA: weighted vs unweightedLetters of recommendations (private schools)Statement of purpose/intentShort answers: experience, volunteer, hobbies

Personal Statement (UC)Prompt #1Describe the world you come from for example, your family, community or school and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations.Prompt #2Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud and how does it relate to the person you are?1000 words total

Factors in admissionsGrades in college prep coursesStrength of curriculumStandardized test scoresOverall high school GPAEssayTeacher & counselor recommendationsExtracurricular activitiesClass rankStudent's demonstrated interestCollege VisitsSpring break of junior yearRevisit after acceptanceAttend open house - stay with a senior on campusLook for campus housingOff campus - sharing Commute from home if close by (advantages vs disadvantages)

Yay! Youre in!

In CollegeCurriculum- usually around 13 units minimum required (around 3-4 courses) to be considered full time studentSemester system or quarter systemTaking a semester offCollege is different, you are on your own, little hand-holdingPlan your own majorYou can minor, double majorHousing (roommates)Beware the Freshman 15Studying for a final for a class you havent paid attention in

In CollegeAuditing classesWebcastsIf undeclared, take variety of courses early on so you can decide quickly, avoid graduating lateBuying books (half.com, on campus exchange programs)Selecting courses and professorsRatemyprofessor.comTrying to get into an over-enrolled course

Financial Aid

Financial AidInvolve parentsDeadlines: Opens Jan1stFAFSA Early Feb 15th but ends June 30thInitial awards given March 2ndSAR Report that you receive after 2 weeksCSS profile (non federal financial aid)required for private schools application begin Oct 1stInitial Application fee for one college, $25 later each college $16Parent tax forms required to fill the applicationFinancial AidSchools may have separate loan application form that may need parents tax informationGrad plus loans are given to students from banks at interest rate higher than parent plus loan as they are based on credit historyPrivate bank loans are variable interest loans based on LiborDirect Federal Stafford loans - 6.8% fixedsubsidized - do not accrue interest until 6 months after graduation (only to undergrads)unsubsidized - accrue interest right away when they disburse the moneyPerkins - 5% - do not accrue interest until 6 months after graduation Health Professional loans - 5% - do not accrue interest until 6 months after graduationFinancial AidScholarships and AwardsBased on GPAWriting essaysBeing minorityLow annual family income More children in collegeGrants and scholarships are free moneyPell grant given to low income students (not for Indians )Scholarships based in ethnicity

For ParentsDo your taxes ASAP after Jan 1st so you can finish financial aid application earlyEFC - Expected Family Contribution is based on your combined family Gross income and number of children in schoolMake use of educational IRA money to pay the school feeTax Credits - Lifetime learning credit (max $2000) American opportunity tax credit - [Hope credit] (hopeless credit) ;-)

Useful Linksadmission.universityofcalifornia.edu/freshman/requirements/index.html/counselors/exam-credit/ap-credits/index.htmlcalstate.edu/admissionuniversityofcalifornia.edu/apply en.wikipedia.org/wiki/College_admissions_in_the_United_Statescollegeapps.about.comcollegeconfidential.comfafsa.ed.govstudent.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profilenslds.ed.govirs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p970.pdfGood luck on your journey!

Link to this presentation:http://uppula.com/docs/college_prep.pptx

Thank you!Q & A

Please use the mic