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Getting Our Students To College: Ten Tips to Bolster College Readiness, Admissions, and SuccessRebecca Joseph, PhDFebruary 6, 2017

Your PresenterRebecca Joseph, PhDProfessor, Cal State LAFounder, Get Me To College and All College Application Essays2016 Unsung Hero, LA County

Contact getmetocollege@gmail.com@getmetocollege @allcollegeessay

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Tip 1: Understand Shifting American Admissions Landscape

REBECCA JOSEPH () - Can we add new essays for major systems including CA and TexasTip 2: Focus on What Colleges Look ForAcademicsRigorTestingApplicationsActivitiesRecommendationsSpecial TalentsDemonstrated Interest

Tip 3. Intensify Career Readiness

Internship Advice

Earlier internships, career exploration.Summer planningResume building

Tip 4: See Academics at K-16+

Continued academic explorationOnline and summer explorationSenior year pushSoft landing freshman year

Tip 5: Introduce Testing Readiness Earlier

Testing Options

Entirely new SATNew Writing Section of ACTMany schools now not required writing section of eachMany schools now making SAT Subject Tests optionalA few new test optional colleges

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How To Prepare: Build In Test Prep EarlierSchool wide K-12 School Suite of ProgramsDistrict wide administration possibilities.Fee waivers, extended time, and online and in person test prepSAT: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/k12-educators/coordinating/sat-school-dayACT:http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services.html

Tip 6. Help Students Navigate College AppsShifts with all college application systemsNew FormatsNew ApplicationNew DeadlinesMore Options

University of CaliforniaIntroduces new format and prompts for both freshman and transfer essaysApplicants must write 4 short 350 word max essaysFreshman can choose from 8 promptsTransfers have one required and then seven prompts, of which applicants must choose 3

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UC Freshman and Transfer PromptsFreshman Personal Insight Prompts: Answer any4of the following8questions:What do you want UC to know about you? Heres your chance to tell us in your own words.Which questions you choose to answer is entirely up to you: But you should select questions that are most relevant to your experience and that best reflect your individual circumstances.Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes, or contributed to group efforts over time.Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few. Describe how you express your creative side.What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to overcome this challenge. How has this challenge affected your academic achievement?Describe your favorite academic subject and explain how it has influenced you.What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?What is the one thing that you think sets you apart from other candidates applying to the University of California?Transfers: Personal insight questions: There isonerequired question you must answerYou must also answer3out of 7additional questionsWhat do you want UC to know about you? Heres your chance to tell us in your own words.Which three questions you choose to answer are up to you: But you should select questions that are most relevant to your experience and that best reflect your individual circumstances.Required questionPlease describe how you have prepared for your intended major, including your readiness to succeed in your upper-division courses once you enroll at the university.You will also need to select 3 out of the following 7 questions to answer:Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes, or contributed to group efforts over time.Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few. Describe how you express your creative side.What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to overcome this challenge. How has this challenge affected your academic achievement?What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?What is the one thing that you think sets you apart from other candidates applying to the University of California?

Common Application

Allows accounts to roll-overContinues to improve transfer applicationAdds Indiana University, George Mason University, and University of Wisconsin-Madison along with 45 other new institutionsExpands outreach including virtual counselor

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2016-2017 Common Application Prompts250-650 Words (2015-2016 percentages)

1.Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it.If this sounds like you, then please share your story. (49%)

2.The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success.Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? (17%)

3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again.(4%)

4.Describe a problem youve solved or a problem youd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.(10%)

5. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family. (22%)

New Coalition Application

New Kid on the Block

Three Rules to JoinMust have at least 70% graduation rate after six yearsMust meet all demonstrated need for low-income studentsIf public, must have affordable in-state costs

Unique Coalition FeaturesONLY platform that allows students to invite anyone of their choice to collaborate on platform.

Students can create their OWN connection.

Students can start EARLY

Students enter profile data ONCE

Find Common DenominatorCheck or create list with application types. Which application should Andy do?

Identify ComponentsCalifornia State UniversityUniversity of CaliforniaCalifornia and Out of State Private CollegesOut of State Public CollegesApplicationApplicationApplicationApplicationSAT or ACT(check campus requirements)SAT or ACT(must have writing)SAT or ACT(with writing as needed)SAT or ACT (with writing as needed)SAT Subject Tests(as needed)SAT Subject Tests(as needed)SAT Subject Tests(check campus for requirements)High School Curriculum Self Report on applicationHigh School Curriculum Self Report on applicationTranscriptTranscriptPersonal Insight Questions(4 )Personal Statements(number varies)Personal Statements(check campus for requirements)Activity List(9, 10, 11, 12)Activity List(9, 10, 11, 12)Activity List(9, 10, 11, 12)Counselor Recommendation&1-3 Teacher/CommunityLetters of RecommendationCounselor or Teacher Recommendations(check campus for requirements)Applications open Oct. 1Submit: Oct. 1 - Nov. 30Applications open Aug. 1Submit: up to Nov. 30Applications open as early as July 1 (varies)Submit: Varies (as early as July, as late as May)

Tip 7: Stay Current With New TerrainMore colleges than ever are filling more than 50% of their classes with Early Decision.More colleges are adding ED 2.Applying ED 1 or 2 often doubles likelihood of admissions than regular.More students are applying to 12+ colleges.Deferrals and waitlists more common than ever.

https://www.iecaonline.com/PDF/IECA_Library_ED-vs-RD-Acceptances.pdf

Deadlines: EA, REA, ED, 1 & 2?

Tip 8: Offer Earlier Financial Aid ReadinessEarlier packagesFewer obstaclesMore ways for schools to help.Increasing need to help undocumented familiesMore merit programs: Affordability college lists

New FAFSA Cycle and PPY

Tip 9: Use Social Media for GoodHelp students demonstrate interest through social media.Ensure students stay private on their personal social media

Tip 10: Streamline ProcessesBragsheetsOnline recommendationsExtra lettersGoogle docsPortals

Questions?

Seizing the moment

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