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  • College READINESS Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Junior Year

  • Half Over…Now What???
  • REILLY: A-Chen; O –Z (not including O’Grady)
  • KIERS: Ci – N and O’Grady


  • Fordham University  :: Bronx, NY :: U.S.
  • www.fordham.eduGeneral Applications Analysis graphs statistics overlaps Admissions Academics Cost & aid Extracurriculars
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  • WHO ?
  • Visit the Admission, Financial Aid and Placement offices
  • Visit classes within your major
  • Set up appointments with coaches when appropriate
  • Speak to students other than the tour guide about campus life
  • WHY?
  • Campus style
  • Student body
  • Academics
  • Social life
  • WHAT ?
  • Facilities – have they been updated?
  • Dorm rooms – where do the freshman live?
  • Community – visit the surrounding area and check out transportation to and from campus
  • Campus literature – what’s going on?
  • WHEN?
  • During the school year & school breaks
  • Campus visit program days
  • Summer

THREE TYPES OF SCHOOLS TO CONSIDER WHEN APPLYING Reach schools are, well, quite a reach. “A reach school is one where your academic credentials fall below the school's range for the average freshman. Reach schools are long-shots, but they should still be possible A target school is one in which your academic credentials make you competitive for admission. Your GPA, standardized test scores, fall within the average range for that particular school. You have a very reasonable chance of gaining admission to a target school, but there are no guarantees. SAFETY or we call LIKELY school is what it sounds like: a school where you are very confident that you are going to be accepted. Your stats exceed all the requirements. This isn’t a “throw away” school, however. Make sure it is one you want to attend if need be.

What Are Colleges Looking For?

  • Transcript, transcript, transcript
  • Test scores
  • Student essay
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Explanation for drop in grades, Rigor of classes, grade trends

The 5 P’s – How to Choose a College

  • Person
  • Program
  • Place
  • People
  • Price


  • Size
    • Small (under 2,500)
    • Medium (2,500 – 10,000)
    • Large ( over 10,000)
  • Private vs. Public
  • Co-Curricular
    • Student Government
    • Performing Arts
    • Intramural Sports
    • Sororities and Fraternities
  • Athletics
    • Complete NCAA Eligibility Center information online (Division I and Division II athletes only)
    • Access website


  • Majors
  • Internships
  • Study Abroad
  • Honors Programs
  • Learning Disability Services
  • Advanced Study Opportunities


  • Distance from New York
  • Commute vs. Reside on campus
  • Region/State
  • Rural (Bucknell, Hobart William Smith College, Franklin & Marshall, Dartmouth)
  • Suburban (Northwestern University, Villanova University, Iona College, Clemson University)
  • Urban (Columbia University, George Washington University, Boston University, New York University)


  • Cultural diversity
  • Geographic location
  • Religious affiliation
  • Independent Schools

Types of Applications

  • Common Application – we start and 90% finish the common application during the spring semester. Rolls over every August 1.
  • Coalition Application – 100 Colleges, IVY’s, Private and Public Universities
  • Colleges own application
  • Fast Track Applications
  • University of California Application
  • Self Reporting grades

Application Types

    • May apply to only 1 school and are bond to go. All other apps have to be WD, if accepted. Applies on or before Nov. 1 up to December 1 . Decisions are notified by mid December. If not admitted, they can apply ED II to another college with a later deadline.
    • REA is a non-binding early action admission option in which a student may not apply to any other private schools’ early program. A student has until May 1 to decide.
    • Nonbinding. Applies EA I on/before the first of November up to December 15 and receives decision by the middle of December. If accepted, have until May 1st to make a decision. EA II is a second chance to apply early at the beginning or middle of January, with a response back within four -eight weeks.
    • Same as Early Action, Public Schools
    • Applications are accepted, evaluated and decided upon as they are received. Accepted until the college fills all of its spaces. 

Testing Information

  • Students may take the ACT, SAT I and SAT IIs more than once – figure out what test is best for you
  • PSAT and Practice ACT available for students
  • It is the student’s responsibility to request official test scores from ACT/SAT
  • Self reporting scores
  • College Counseling News for the Class of 2017
  • 1320 applications
  • 282 different colleges
  • Avg. 8 applications per student
  • 35% in New York
  • 76% in the Northeast
  • Our web site! Scroll to Counseling
  • Twitter - @IonaPrepSC

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