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College Application Process I: The Application (mentor Guide)
Group: 2nd Year students divided into 2 groups

Time: 50 minutes

Materials: Envelopes with words in them, “The College Application Worksheet”, Sample Hampton University Application
Homework Review (10 mins):

  • Check to make sure all students have their SAT action plans

  • Have each student share which colleges they researched and their SAT action plan


Intro Activity (10 mins):

  • Divide students into 2 groups and give each group a envelope with the following words

  • Tell the students to pick out the information that they would need before they begin to fill out their college applications

  • Mentor notes: There are 11 correct words and they are written on worksheet entitled, “The College Application”. Don’t give students the worksheet until after the intro activity.


Application Review (20 mins)

  • Ask the students to brainstorm on some common mistakes that can be made on college applications

  • Make sure that you engage all of the students and make sure they participate

  • Please interject some of your own suggestions/comments throughout the conversation

  • Divide the group up into two groups. Give each team the completed Hampton University Application. They will compete against each other to see which team can find all of the mistakes first (there are 18 mistakes in total). Be sure to tell the teams to read all of the instructions for the application.

  • Once the team has finished, discuss the findings.

  • Share the college application with the students and let them know that they can use this form to collect all of the important information BEFORE completing college applications. DO NOT COMPLETE THIS SHEET DURING THE SESSION. THIS IS FOR THE STUDENT’s REFERENCE ONLY.


College Application True or False (10 min)

  • Have students to read the college application tips. Mark them as true or false. If they are false, they should rewrite them to be true.


COLLEGE APPLICATION MISTAKES (Mentor Guide)


  1. Student uses an inappropriate nickname instead of middle name on application.

  2. The student isn’t sure of her social security number so she leaves 2 question marks.

  3. On line two, the student started writing too big and had to squeeze the word “freshman” in.

  4. Student uses inappropriate e-mail address. They should get a more professional e-mail address to use for their college and scholarship applications

  5. Students lists current year for date of birth instead of the year that the student was actually born.

  6. For “For the term beginning” and “ethinicity” student should use code on code sheet instead of writing “Fall 2005” and “African- American”.

  7. Student should also use code on code sheet for major and minor. Not only did the student not use the codes, she also listed majors that are not offered at the school.

  8. Student leave question mark in the CEEB/ACT code blank. If you don’t know something, FIND OUT… don’t leave it blank.

  9. Student lists county instead of country under “Education Data” when giving details about their school.

  10. Students lists middle school where other high schools attended should be listed.

  11. On SAT I date, student tries to correct mistake by writing over. This is not neat. IF you are going to hand write your application, it has to be extremely neat. You should get multiple copies of the application in case you make mistakes. The first impression is a lasting one.

  12. Student in not detailed enough when listing mother’s occupation. Is she a factory?

  13. Student should leave mother’s college education blank if the mother hasn’t been. If the student is unsure then they need to find out or just leave it blank.

  14. Talking on the phone and playstation are not appropriate extra curricular activities to list.

  15. Student forgot to attach the personal statement

  16. Student forgot to sign and date the application. The application cannot be processed if it is not complete.


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Personal Data

Family Information

Educational Experience

SAT/ACT Test Scores

Academic Experience

Awards and Honors

Extracurricular Activities

Work Experience

Essay

Recommendation Letters

High School Transcript

Shoe Size

Middle School Writing Test Score

PSAT Scores

Parent’s Car Information

Teacher Name

Prom Picture

Parent’s Income

Dormitory Choice

Number of friends applying to college

Credit Card Information

Favorite clothes’ designer



ANSWER KEY



Now that you have decided on the colleges that you would possibly like to attend, it is time to consider the application process. The college application is you wrapped up in just a few pages. This document will help the admissions officer to determine if you are a good fit into their college program. While you always want to put your best foot forward when completing an application, you should not base your self worth on your admission or rejection to a particular school.
Keep in mind that there are two factors that control all admissions policies:


  • What each institution wants its incoming freshman class to be like

  • The size and quantity of the applicant pool


Most college applications will ask you for the following types of information:

  • Personal data

  • Family information

  • Educational experience

  • Test scores

  • Academic experience

  • Awards and honors

  • Extracurricular activities (including school, religious, civic, and volunteer)

  • Work experience

  • Written essay

  • Recommendations from teachers and counselor

  • High School Transcript



What makes up a college application?


  • Your grades and test scores



Although you cannot sum up your abilities with your grades and test scores, they do play a significant role in your application for admission. Not only will admissions officers look at the grades themselves, but they will also take the types of classes you took and the type of school that you attend into consideration.


  • Your essay



Essays are partly about your writing skills, but they are also an indication of who you what you value. The essay can also be a way of showing that you have researched and though carefully about the college to which you are applying.


  • Letters of Recommendation


Some schools will request a letter of recommendation from a teacher, high school counselor, peer, or a community person. This gives the school an idea of how others perceive you.
College Application Tips (ANSWER KEY)

TRUE OR FALSE

If false, please rewrite the statement to make it true


  • ALWAYS read through the application before you start writing answers down, you can figure it out when you get to it!

  • Note any deadlines, and give yourself plenty of time to meet them. TRUE

  • It is okay to write your application in PEN, as long at it is neatly written.

  • DO NOT exaggerate your achievements or abilities, NOT EVEN a little bit.

  • Do not use acronyms without explaining them. TRUE

  • Include supporting materials (letters of recommendation, outstanding examples of your work or interests). However, do not bombard the admissions office with excess extras. This will give the impression that you are trying to hide something in your application. TRUE

  • Be sure to copy your application before sending it off and keep track of when and where you send material. TRUE

  • ALWAYS proofread you application, the admissions counselors will understand that you are human and make mistakes.

  • Ask the teacher at least 2 WEEKS before you need the recommendation mailed and be sure to include a postage paid addressed envelope.

  • Write a  thank you note to recommendation writers. TRUE

  • Your essay is a way for the admissions counselors TO SEE MORE THAN JUST YOUR GRADES AND TEST SCORES.

  • Always plan before you write your essay by using a graphic organizer or outline. TRUE

  • START OFF WITH A STRONG OPENING PARAGRAPH THAT CAPTURES THE READERS’ INTEREST.

  • Always use proper grammar, punctuation, and capitalization when writing an admissions essay.

  • If there is a recommended length for the essay, STICK TO IT.

  • Have someone else proofread your draft essay. Remember that mistakes make it look like you don’t take the essay and application very seriously. TRUE


Now that you have decided on the colleges that you would possibly like to attend, it is time to consider the application process. The college application is you wrapped up in just a few pages. This document will help the admissions officer to determine if you are a good fit into their college program. While you always want to put your best foot forward when completing an application, you should not base your self worth on your admission or rejection to a particular school.



Keep in mind that there are two factors that control all admissions policies:


  • What each institution wants its incoming freshman class to be like

  • The size and quantity of the applicant pool


Most college applications will ask you for the following types of information:

  • Personal data

  • Family information

  • Educational experience

  • Test scores

  • Academic experience

  • Awards and honors

  • Extracurricular activities (including school, religious, civic, and volunteer)

  • Work experience

  • Written essay

  • Recommendations from teachers and counselor

  • High School Transcript



What makes up a college application?


  • ________________________________________________________________________



Although you cannot sum up your abilities with your grades and test scores, they do play a significant role in your application for admission. Not only will admissions officers look at the grades themselves, but they will also take the types of classes you took and the type of school that you attend into consideration.


  • _______________________________________________________________________



Essays are partly about your writing skills, but they are also an indication of who you what you value. The essay can also be a way of showing that you have researched and though carefully about the college to which you are applying.


  • _______________________________________________________________________


Some schools will request a letter of recommendation from a teacher, high school counselor, peer, or a community person. This gives the school an idea of how others perceive you.
College Application Tips

TRUE OR FALSE

If false, please rewrite the statement to make it true


  • Never read through the application before you start writing answers down, you can figure it out when you get to it!

  • Note any deadlines, and give yourself plenty of time to meet them.

  • It is okay to write your application in pencil, as long at it is neatly written.

  • It’s okay to exaggerate your achievements or abilities a little bit.

  • Do not use acronyms without explaining them.

  • Include supporting materials (letters of recommendation, outstanding examples of your work or interests). However, do not bombard the admissions office with excess extras. This will give the impression that you are trying to hide something in your application.

  • Be sure to copy your application before sending it off and keep track of when and where you send material.

  • Never proofread you application, the admissions counselors will understand that you are human and make mistakes.

  • Ask the teacher at least 2 days before you need the recommendation mailed and be sure to include a postage paid addressed envelope.

  • Write a  thank you note to recommendation writers.

  • Your essay is a way for the admissions counselors to more your application process harder.

  • Always plan before you write your essay by using a graphic organizer or outline.

  • Keep your opening paragraph simple as possible.

  • It is okay to use slang in your college essay, you are just keeping it real.

  • If there is a recommended length for the essay, they won’t mind if you go over it a little bit.

  • Have someone else proofread your draft essay. Remember that mistakes make it look like you don’t take the essay and application very seriously.

College Application Worksheet

Have the following information readily available before you work on your application


Full Name




Social Security Number
















Current High School

Previous High School

Full Name




Full Name




Address




Address




City/State/Zip




City/State/Zip




Graduation Date






















Place of Birth




County of Residence
















Father’s full name




Mother’s full name




Address (if diff. than yours)




Address (if diff. than yours)
















Father’s Info




Mother Info




Occupation




Occupation




Employer




Employer




Degree ?




Degree ?




What ?




What ?




When?




When?




Where?




Where?
















Guidance Counselor

Teacher #1 (to write recommendation)

Name




Name




Mailing Address




Mailing Address
















Phone #




Phone #




Fax #






















Teacher #2 (to write recommendation)

Teacher #3 (to write recommendation)

Name




Name




Mailing Address




Mailing Address
















Phone #




Phone #
















Peer (to write recommendation)

Community Person (to write recommendation)

Name




Name




Mailing Address




Mailing Address
















Phone #




Phone #
















Brothers/Sisters who attended college

Name




Degree




Name




Degree




























Intended Major




Intended Minor (if any)
















SAT SCORES

Date Taken/ To Take

Math

Verbal

Subject (if Taken)

















































Senior Year Courses

1st Semester

2nd Semester











































List other colleges that you are applying to






















Honors & Awards








































Extra Curricular Activities (include clubs, athletics, community, etc.)

Activity

Grade Participated

Hours/week

Weeks/year

Positions Held






































































































































































Work Experience

Title

Employer

Dates Worked

Hours/Week





































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