Y12 App Evening 2014

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Transcript Y12 App Evening 2014

Applying to The United States

4800 Higher Education Institutions 900 majors

Graduate: Master’s and Doctoral Degrees

Dental School D.D.S.

4 years Medical School M.D.

4 years Law School J.D.

3 years M.B.A.

2 years M.Arch

2 years M.A./M.S

2 years

Undergraduate: Bachelor ’s Degree

Colleges/Universities 2 years Colleges/Universities 4 years Community Colleges Associate Degree 2 years Graduate School Ph.D.

3-5 years

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Features of U.S Higher Education System

Different from other systems around the world


a “best fit” for the institution is key


the college will consider the all round student U.S. bachelor’s degrees usually take 4 year to complete; associate degrees take 2 years Credit System Runs from Sept to May 2 terms, or semester (16-18 weeks); trimester or 3 quarters (10 12 weeks) and Plenty of choices Liberal Arts Colleges [eg Claremont Mckenna, Scripps, Amherst] Highly specialised institutions [eg Embry Riddle Aeronautical Engineering University]

Undergraduate Degrees in the USA

Bachelor’s degree = four years

Associate Degree = two years

Not standardized/ No central ranking body

Different to degrees in the other major destinations for WIS students:




Emphasize a broad, well rounded education:


Math, science, the arts, social sciences and language - before finally need to choose a specialization.

Undergraduate Degrees

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Diversity of choice Not standardized

No central ranking body

Different process and admission polices at every institution Flexibility Emphasize a broad, well rounded education: Math, science, the arts, social sciences and language-before finally to choose a specialization. Therefore offers not based on scores alone

Undergraduate Program

[Education USA]

Core courses (General Education) Internship Study abroad Co-op Bachelor’s Degree Elective courses Major courses

The Application Process for Regular Decision [Education USA] January-May 2014: Research and take SATs June – August 2014: -Register for re-sits and Subject Tests -Filter your choices -Request Teacher References [subject teachers] -Draft College Essays September – December 2014: -Take the tests -Request transcript -Submit applications June – August 2015 -Apply student visa -Pre-departure -Freshman orientation April – May 2015 By May 1, decide on one college that you will attend.

January – March 2015 Some non Common –App university application deadlines

The Application Components

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Online Applications

Common Application ( www.commonapp.org


University of California ( http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/how-to apply/apply-online/index.html


Non Common Application: Eg. Texas at Austin, Parsons, Georgetown High School Transcript English Language Proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS) Standardized Tests (SAT or ACT) Letters of Recommendation (School Report and Subject References) Statement of Purpose/Application Essays Evidence of financial support (required for the I-20 visa form)

Application Forms

The Common Application

level • 456 member institutions ers.aspx

website schools online application Standardized application process for first-year and transfer applications at undergraduate www.commonapp.org/CommonApp/Memb • Students must check for supplements and extra materials required on college • Other systems such as Cal State Mentor, UC Regents, CUNY, SUNY, individual

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West Island School Support Documents

Student transcript – grades from Y10-Y13 School Profile Explanation of English medium of instruction/explanation of CEEB codes Certified copies of IGCSE certificates (or previous school transcript) Secondary school report/counselor recommendation Two/three teacher evaluations International Supplement

Examples of Destinations for WIS Students 2012 and 2013 entry

2012 University of Pennsylvania University of Chicago [3] Scripps College Rhode island School of Design New York University Bentley College Northeastern University of Southern California University of Maryland Pratt Institute New York University of Wisconsin -Madison 2013 Cornell [2] UCLA [2] UC Berkeley [2] NYU NYU Stern University of Southern California OTIS College of the Art Southwestern Portland State UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Cruz

Examples of Offers Made to WIS Students for 2014 entry

Offers 2013 Cornell [2] Columbia [2] University of Pennsylvania UC – Berkeley, LA, SD, SB, Riverside, Irvine University of Southern California Parsons Lynn Texas at Dallas Syracuse Chicago NYU Babson College Syracuse Miami Rhode Island School of Design Loyola Marymount Tufts Pace

Letters of Recommendation

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Tutor writes “counselor recommendation” Two or three subject teachers [must be currently teaching the student]

Evaluates how well students meet the requirements

Paints a picture that highlights the student as an unique individual Choose recommenders who know your abilities best Give recommenders plenty of time to write your letters

Personal Essay

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A very important part of your application - helps in the Final Decision It demonstrates your

Writing skills

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Analytical ability Critical thinking

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Aims and aspirations Uniqueness There are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answers to a college essay question Remember : be yourself and start early https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/get-in/essays/tips-for writing-an-effective-application-essay-college-admissions Lunchtime activity run by Ms Tang this term

The IB and ID Diplomas

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IB Diploma Is widely accepted in addition to the standardized admission tests (ACT or SAT) where required.

The rigorous nature is factored in the evaluation for admission University recognition directory http://www.ibo.org/diploma/recognition/directory/index.cfm

May qualify for Advanced Standing credit (receive a score of 5 or above on Higher Level examinations) Check with individual school to determine how credits may be granted CAS is very important.

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ID Students ID Students will need to contact college directly to ask if their “package” will be accepted.

CAS is very important.

Advice to students

It’s never too early to apply to schools, do research

Be optimistic but realistic when applying to colleges

Keep a copy of all your applications

Check email regularly for any requests for information from schools or updates on the admission process

Check out upcoming information seminars and fairs

Finance Your Studies

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Merit Based

Need Based (Need Blind – US citizens with socioeconomic background not considered Need Based – international student socioeconomic background is considered) Online Resources

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http://www.usscholarshipguide.org/ EducationUSA Weekly Updates


EducationUSA Hong Kong

Destinations of WIS Students 2013

Country UK HK US Australia Canada Others Gap Year Employment and Military % 39.74