Private Colleges & Universities

Requirements for Admission:

  • Different requirements for each campus, BE SURE TO CONTACT YOUR SPECIFIC COLLEGE!
  • Usually if you meet minimum A-G requirements you will qualify
  • Depending on the campus the minimum GPA ranges from 2.0 to 3.0 or higher
  • ACT with writing or SAT Reasoning test
  • Sometimes SAT Subject Tests – must take at least two different subjects
  • Essay
  • Teacher, Counselor, or community member recommendation
  • May recommend an interview
  • Honors,  AP Classes, Awards, Activities, Community Service
  • Competitive Admission
  • Application deadlines are different for each campus

Choosing the Right College or University:

Resources:

Website:  http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/search/adv_typeofschool.jsp

  • ACT Test
  • SAT Tests
  • Tips on writing your Essay:
    • Types of Admissions Essays: There are two types of admissions essays.
      • The first type is a personal statement. This essay is general in nature and gives you the opportunity to tell an admissions counselor more about yourself or about events and people that have influenced you.
      • The second type of admissions essay requires you to answer a specific question with a more structured response. These questions cover a wide range of topics and can be creative, analytical, or philosophical.
    • Getting Started
      1. If you are applying to more than one school, you might have to write several essays. Allow yourself one week per essay, so plan on three weeks for three essays.
      2. Begin by brainstorming: Ask yourself what interests and excites you about the topic. Write down anything that occurs to you, knowing you can always eliminate it later.
      3. Don’t be afraid of less traditional topics such as failure or frustration. Sometimes writing about situations when you have overcome obstacles reveals your true character and values. These topics can also reveal valuable qualities such as maturity and self-awareness.  (A note of caution: be sure to be generally positive in order to avoid sounding as if you are complaining or appealing for sympathy.)
      4. Follow directions: if they ask for one page, only do one page!
      5. Keep the reader engaged: Your goal is to get the reader to remember you favorably. Be honest and sincere, and let your individual voice and personality separate you from the crowd.  To keep the reader engaged, use present tense, active verbs, and other descriptive language; give interesting details and facts; and if possible, use all the senses in your descriptions.
      6. Avoid pitfalls: Do not use your essay to summarize activities and achievements you’ve already listed on the application.
      7. Write several drafts: Polish and proofread for positive results. Read your writing repeatedly for errors in spelling and grammar. Reading the essay aloud is helpful. Ask a few good proofreaders to check your writing for mistakes, since it’s easy to miss errors in your own writing.
  • Letters of Recommendation
    • How to Stand Out from the Crowd: Most college applications request two or three recommendation letters from people who know you in and out of the classroom.
    • Whom should I ask?
      • Read the application carefully. Often colleges request letters of recommendation from an academic teacher (sometimes a specific discipline), your school counselor, or both.
      • Also, you should use a teacher from junior year, or a current teacher if they have known you long enough to form an opinion. Unless a college specifically requests it, don’t use a coach or someone who can’t speak to your academic achievements and potential.
    • When should I ask?
      • Make sure to give your recommendation writers at least one month before letters are due!!
    • How can I get the best possible recommendations?
      • Talk to your recommendation writers. Talk to them about what you remember about their class and your participation in it. Highlight a particular incident, paper, or anything else that might help them provide anecdotal information and specific examples of your achievement, rather than just vague praise.
      • Ensure your counselors know about your plans, accomplishments, and involvements. Provide them with a brief resume of your activities and goals; a resume can provide the best overview of your high school involvement and contributions.
    • Helpful Tips
      • Don’t be shy. Teachers, counselors, coaches, and mentors are usually happy to help you, as long as you respect their time constraints.
        • Include addressed and stamped envelopes for each school to which you’re applying.
        • Provide teachers and counselors with deadlines for each recommendation that you are requesting, especially noting the earliest deadline. On the application form, waive your right to view recommendation letters. This gives more credibility to the recommendation in the eyes of the college.
        • Typically, you know your teachers well enough to know who can provide favorable reviews of your accomplishments. If in doubt, don’t hesitate to ask if they feel comfortable writing a recommendation. In some cases, you may have no choice as to who to use, but when you do, make the best choice possible.
      • Follow up with your recommendation writers a week or so prior to your first deadline, to ensure recommendations have been mailed or to see if they need additional information from you.
  • A – G Courses:
    A. History – 2 years

    B. English – 4 years
    C. Math – 3 years (4 is highly recommended)
    D. Lab Science – 2 years (3 is highly recommended) Biology, Chemistry, Physics, etc., 1 biological & 1 physical
    E. Foreign Language – 2 years (3 is highly recommended) Must be the same language
    F. Visual/Performing Arts – 1 yr Must be a year long course (ex. Art 1 & 2)
    G. College Prep Electives -1 yr (e.g. Journalism, Computer, Psychology, etc. Does not include PE, ROTC, Driver’s and Health Ed.)
  • Keeping track of your high school activities, awards, etc.
    • Academic Awards since 9th grade (indicate grade level)
    • Honors and AP courses completed – also indicate those in progress
    • Extra-Curricular Activities (clubs, student gov., sports, etc. – include grade level and offices held)
    • Out-of-school activities (i.e. community service, church activities, scouts, performing arts, internships)
    • Work Experience (include both paid and volunteer work)