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Choosing Universities/CollegesBackground InfoWhat to think aboutWhat to doResourcesTo Start offYou have to be the EXPERT!

Types of InstitutionsPublic Private

Universities: Graduate level research, includes pre-professional programsLiberal Arts Colleges: Undergraduate level research, broad preparation in academic disciplinesCommunity Colleges: 2 years, general education requirements, vocational training

Choosing UniversitiesCost & Financial AidLocationRural to UrbanJobs/recruitmentWeatherDistance to family/friendsSize: Under 1,000 to 60,000+MajorSpecial ProgramsSelectivityReach (2)Target (4)Safety (2)Campus Culture

Cost & financial aidCostTotal cost from Up to ~$60,000Public: ~$20,000 to ~$52,000Private: ~$35,000 to ~$60,000

Room & Board About $10,000+Can save money by living off campus years 2-4

FeesBooksTravelComparative Costs

Comparative Costs

Financial AidUS CitizensEligible forFederal AidFAFSACSS ProfileInstitutional AidPrivate AidInternational StudentsEligible forLimited Institutional AidLimited Private AidLocation, location, locationWhere do you want to live?City Living vs. The College Town

JobsInternshipsRecruitmentFYI: Snow is cold!Staying close to family and friends Where will you go on holidays?

Size ??? BIG vs. SmallThe BIG SchoolsMore majors and classesBigger classesResearchDiversityInternational name recognitionLarge scale events, sports

NYU22,000 studentsBerkeley25,500 studentsMichigan27,000 students

The Small SchoolsIntimate communitySmaller classesEasier to know your professorsFocus on teachingRecommendations for graduate school

Claremont McKenna1,250 studentsWesleyan 2,850 studentsBarnard2,400 students

RankingsQuality cannot be quantifiedThey can tell you, in general terms, about the academic credentials of the students they attract

Researching colleges

ResourcesCounselorCollege VisitsInternet Review SitesUniversity web sitesNavianceFriends and FamilyAlumniGuide Books

Visiting CollegesWith family, if possibleSchedule interviews, if offeredOrganized tour:Trevor Sturgeon College Tours

SelectivityApply to a Selectivity RangeBased on 8 applications:2 Safety: 95% chance4 Target: 35% to 75% chance2 Reach: Less than 35% chance

Are you competitive?

How Colleges DecideFactorConsiderable importanceModerate importanceLimited importanceNo importanceGrades in college prep courses 74.9% 15.7% 5.0% 4.4%Strength of curriculum61.524.98.65.0Admission test scores (SAT, ACT)54.330.610.74.5Grades in all courses52. or writing sample26.629.922.720.9Teacher recommendation21.138.329.711.0Students demonstrated interest20.928.727.223.3Counselor recommendation20.441.926.511.2Class rank19. test scores (AP, IB)7.827.032.732.4Extracurricular activities7.436.637.518.5SAT II scores6.78.224.460.7Portfolio6.77.934.750.8State graduation exam scores3.914.229.352.6Work1.816.941.340.1Factors in the Admission DecisionSOURCE: NACAC Admission Trends Survey, 200823ApplyingRequirements (In general)SOURCE: NACAC Admission Trends Survey, 2008U.S.A.CanadaU.K.AustraliaH.K./Sing.Jpn/KoreaIB Diploma (Full/Partial)Full Diploma or Partial Diploma Full Diploma or Partial Diploma Full Diploma (direct entry) or Partial Diploma (foundation year) Full Diploma (direct entry) or Partial Diploma (foundation year) Full Diploma expectedFull Diploma helpful (Grades / GPA most important) TOEFL/IELTS YES YES YES YES YES YESSAT SAT (and SAT Subject Tests for selective universities) No SAT needed if Full Diploma No SAT If Partial Diploma, strong SAT may lead to direct entry at less selective universitiesHigh SAT if no Full IB DiplomaSAT 25NAVIANCE (Family Connection)

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