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College Information & Counseling

Applying for college can be an overwhelming activity.  Where do you start?  What does your student have to prepare?  What are some of the deadlines?

Below is a guide to helping your children with college research and the application process.    

Class of 2016 College Acceptances

Congratulations to our seniors!

As of May 9, 2016 - 38 students from the graduating class have received acceptances from the following universities:

 

Aston University

Avans Hogeschool-University of Applied Sciences

Babson College

Bentley University

Calvin College

Cardiff University

Cardiff University

Carleton University

Chapman University

Clark University

Coventry University

Culinary Arts Institute at Varna University Management

Duke University

Goucher College

Hult International Business School

IE University

IMI International Management Institute

Imperial College London

King's College London

Lancaster University

Liverpool John Moores University

London Metropolitan University

London South Bank University

Loughborough University

Loyola Marymount University

Manipal University

McGill University

McMaster University

Michigan State University

New York University

Newcastle University

Oxford Brookes University

Prairie View A&M University

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

Roehampton University

Ryerson University

Santa Clara University

Savannah College of Arts and Sciences

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

SRM University

Stellenbosch University

Stony Brook University

Syracuse University

Tarleton State University

Texas Southern University

The George Washington University

The New School - All Divisions

The University of Tampa

Tufts University

Universiteit Maastricht

University College London

University College Roosevelt

University of Aberdeen

University of Amsterdam

University of Birmingham

University of British Columbia

University of California, San Diego

University of Chicago

University of East London

University of Edinburgh

University of Exeter

University of Greenwich

University of Guelph

University of Illinois at Chicago

University of Kent

University of Leeds

University of Leicester

University of Manchester

University of Miami

University of Nottingham

University of Reading

University of Sheffield

University of St. Andrews

University of Sussex

University of the Arts London

University of Toronto

University of Victoria

University of Warwick

University of Waterloo

University of Westminster

Vellore Institute of Technology University

Western University

Yale University

York University

 

UK University Application Process

UCAS- apply to 300 UK Colleges - choose up to 5 choices for 23 pounds

http://www.ucas.com

UCAS is the organization that manages applications to higher education programs in the UK..

1)The counselor will ask for a reference letter by including paragraphs from all teachers.  Let counselor know you are applying at least 3 weeks in advance.

2) IB Predicted Scores will be given to students from the Counseling office.

3) Write their personal statement

The personal statement is your opportunity to tell universities and colleges about your suitability for the course(s) that you hope to study. You need to demonstrate your enthusiasm and commitment, and above all, ensure that you stand out from the crowd. Use the worksheet for assistance on answering questions

4) Complete the application using APPLY. Make sure you ask me for the buzzword in order to have your application linked to our school (icsaddisababa)

5) Students pay for the application, then counselor reviews it before counselor submits it to UCAS.

 

Students: are you planning to apply to the UK? If you prefer to read blogs related to students' UCAS journey? then follow them here: www.ucasconnect.com/blogs or www.ucasevents.com 

You can also find them on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ucasonline

USA University Application Process

Common App – apply to 500 colleges in US, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, and Switzerland - Pay per university at least $65 to $90    

https://www.commonapp.org/Login  

 1) Individual universities will have specific requirements about the number of recommendations needed.  The counselor will also write a counselor recommendation. Ask for this letter at least 3 weeks in advance. Give teachers a specific deadline.

2) IB Predicted Scores will be given to students from the Counseling office.

3) Write their personal essay – choose from the 5 prompts given

This is your opportunity to help the admissions office get to know you and to evaluate your writing

4) Complete the applications, pay and submit one at a time

 

Universal College Application – apply to 32 US colleges - Pay per university at least $65

https://www.universalcollegeapp.com/colleges

1) Individual universities will have specific requirements about the number of recommendations needed.  The counselor will also write a counselor recommendation. Ask for this letter at least 3 weeks in advance. Give teachers a specific deadline.

2) IB Predicted Scores will be given to students from the Counseling office.

3) Write their personal essay – choose from the 5 prompts given

This is your opportunity to help the admissions office get to know you and to evaluate your writing

4) Complete the applications, pay and submit one at a time

Some US universities will have their own application system so you must go to their website to apply:

An example of this is:  http://uadmissions.georgetown.edu/first-year/application

College Entrance Exams

ICS School Code 560040 

SAT

All students need to take the SAT's at least twice– once in May of their junior year and then in the fall of the senior year – October or November.

One or two SAT Subject tests (1 hour exams) may be required or strongly recommended fro the competitive universities.  They cannot be taken on the same date as the regular SAT. 

SAT Test is offered in October, November, December, January, May and June. Registration must be done through the website:

https://sat.collegeboard.org/register

International deadlines apply to anyone testing outside of the United States and U.S. territories. There is an international fee added to the cost of registration. The SAT is not offered in March outside of the United States and U.S. territories. The Language with Listening Tests are offered only in November.

ACT

ACT test is offered in October, December, February and April. Registration must be done through the website:

www.actstudent.org

TOEFL

The TOEFL is an online English language proficiency test that you can take during any month as long as there is availability. You can qualify for a waiver if you have attended a school where the language of instruction is English for more than 3 years.

Registration must be done through the website:  http://www.ets.org/toefl

Canadian University Application Process

Ontario  Universities Application  Center OUAC 105 – application for 20 colleges in Ontario  

- $165 Canadian dollars covers 3 choices then $50 per additional college. Supplemental fees are charged for some colleges

http://www.ouac.on.ca  

Most universities in other areas in Canada have their own university application portal so please go to their websites to apply. Below are a couple of websites:

http://www.universitystudy.ca/canadian-universities/

https://www.ubc.ca/

https://www.mcgill.ca/

http://carleton.ca/

Getting Ready for the Application Process

Between August and December, seniors should be doing the following:

1. Sign up for the 12th grade Advisory moodle course - there are lots of resources listed on there

2. Research your university list and write down the deadlines and admissions/entry requirements

3. Add your list of 5 to 7 universities into your Naviance account

http://connection.naviance.com/ics

4.Choose recommenders and put together a recommendations packet for your teachers - resume, list of activities, and draft of your essay. Speak to teachers first and ask before sending a Naviance request

5. Sign up for the TOEFL, SAT or ACT

6. Start to write essay/personal statement

7. Sign up for account for applications


8. Study for the SAT if you plan to take it again in October or November or December (below are some links you can use to practice)

 

IB recognition policy index for universities

Below is the link where you can check to see how the university you plan to apply views the IB diploma

http://www.ibo.org/university-admission/recognition-of-the-ib-diploma-by-countries-and-universities/

Always supplement your research by going to the individual university website

Websites to research universities in other countries

You may also apply to universities in other countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and other continents by either going to their websites or by going through the following websites and searching by the country:

http://www.topuniversities.com/where-to-study/home

Select a country and get list of universities

https://www.daad.de/deutschland/studienangebote/en/

Select international programmes in Germany

http://www.studyineurope.eu/

Select a country and then choose an universities

Select view study programs

http://www.studyinholland.co.uk/admissions_information.html

https://studyinsweden.se/how-to-apply/bachelors-level-how-to-apply/

http://www.studyinfinland.fi/

http://www.russellgroup.ac.uk/our-universities/

Financial Aid

US citizens and permanent residents can apply for financial aid through the FAFSA starting Jan 1st of senior year

https://fafsa.ed.gov/

 

The CSS Profile is also required by some universities

https://student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile

 

For international students you can apply and qualify for financial aid through the CSS Profile, check the university website for clarification

https://student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile

 

Below is a list of websites where you can get additional information on financial aid

 

EducationUSA

• http://www.educationusa.info/pages/students/finance.php

 

Collegeboard

https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/pay-for-college/financial-aid

 

www.scholarships.com

www.fastweb.com

http://www.iefa.org/scholarships

http://www.internationalscholarships.com/

http://www.fundingusstudy.org/

http://www.internationalstudent.com/schools_awarding_aid/             

Choose state and get a list of US universities that offer international aid

Naviance Family Connection

ICS offers our students and families access to Naviance Family Connection - a secure web-based program that we use with students in grades 9-12 to assist in career exploration, college planning and the college selection process.

http://connection.naviance.com/ics

Students are able to:

  • Receive important news about college visits
  • Access basic college information, application websites, and college related links.
  • Construct their activities resume.
  • Access a comprehensive college search engine.
  • Explore career interest inventories, personality profiler and learning style inventory.

Naviance Family Connection is organized by tabs

HOME PAGE TAB:

What's New:

Displays new information available from the counselors.

 

COLLEGES TAB:

My Colleges

  • Colleges I'm Thinking About and Colleges I'm Applying To

This section of Naviance will provide you with a wealth of information about specific colleges, and also allow you to see the academic criteria preferred by those specific colleges.

Teacher recommendation requests are found under the Colleges I'm Applying to section.  Scroll down to the Teacher Recommendations section and click on the "add/cancel requests" link to add a teacher to your recommendations request list.   Please speak to your teacher first to get a “yes” and then give them at least 2 weeks to write the letter and a specific deadline.

  • Upcoming College Visits Schedule. 

Check here to see when college representatives will be on campus. 

 

College Research

  • College Lookup:

This research tool provides comprehensive information on thousands of colleges. In addition to general and admissions information, further data is presented on academics, cost and financial aid, student body characteristics, extracurricular and athletic programs. A link to each college's website is provided.

  • College Search:

Enter criteria such as size, location, cost, availability of specific majors or athletic programs, and students can get a list of colleges that meet their criteria.

  • College Match and College Compare

College Match analyzes applications of other students to find colleges that have accepted

 

CAREERS TAB:

Explore Careers

  • Career Finder

This section lists careers alphabetically. When you click on a selected career, it provides detailed information about job duties, wages and academic preparation associated with that career.

  • Cluster Finder

This section groups careers together for their similarity into 16 groups:

Here you can look at different career clusters and find out the following information about it; overview, credentials, related careers, related majors

 

What are my interests?

  • Career Interest Profiler

You can think about your interests as work activities you like to do. Your interests can help you find occupations you might like to explore. The more an occupation meets your interests, the more likely it is to be satisfying and rewarding to you.

  • Career Key

discover which Holland personality types you are most like, identify the careers that are most promising, and learn detailed information about each one

  • Cluster Finder

The Cluster Finder assessment will help you learn what career clusters may be a good match for you based on activities that interest you, personal qualities that you have and subjects that you enjoy studying in school

  • Do What You are

This assessment will help you learn about your personality, your strengths, and suitable careers and majors.

 

ABOUT ME TAB:

Success plan

  • Goals

Students can use this section to create goals for themselves

  • Tasks

Students can use this section to create reminders for tasks

 

My assessments

  • Learning style inventory   

This assessment will help you understand how you learn by answering a series of questions

  • Do What You are

This assessment will help you learn about your personality, your strengths and give you suitable careers and majors.

  • Mi Advantage

This assessment will help you discover your intelligence profile by asking you about your abilities and preferences in different areas.

 

Interesting things about me

This section can be used to create additional documents and save them for future reference

  • Portfolio
  • Resume
  • Documents
  • Favorite colleges