Post-Secondary Preparation Stage I What to Study Stage II Where to study Stage III The Application Stage IV Course Selection Stage V Payment Stage VI Let’s Get Started NOW Why are you going to university? Personal Development and Interest Better Career Opportunities Parental Pressure Don’t Know What Else to Do Is a GAP Year right for you? Is another form of education better for you? Trade? Professional School? What do you want to study? Interest > program > faculty > university What can I do with a degree in… http://www.kent.ac.uk/careers Faculty Descriptions http://www.dal.ca/academics/undergraduate_programs.html 10 Top Careers http://careerbear.com/career-tips/article/10-hot-careers Career Quiz http://www.schoolfinder.com/careers/index.asp?StudyType=2 Which Universities Have Your Program? Canada http://oraweb.aucc.ca/ http://www.electronicinfo.ca/en/index.php?j=1&flash=1 United Kingdom http://www.ucas.ac.uk/ United States http://www.collegeboard.org/ http://www.collegeweeklive.com/ http://www.theadmissiongame.com/ All Three (meta-site) http://www.peirceeducational.com/Links.html What Are Your Credentials? Personal Statement, Supplemental Applications, Reference Letters GPA or Admissions Average Pre-requisites (Courses, Interview, Portfolio) Standardized Testing (ACT, SAT, AP, IB) Leadership, Service, Extra-curricular Unique Characteristics (athlete, musician etc.) Work or related experiences Stage II Where to study! What questions should you ask? Do I want to leave home? Do I want to live on campus? In what location do I want to live for 4 years? Do I want a city or a suburb? Do I want a residential campus or commuter campus? Do I want to be anonymous or highly visible? Small, medium or large? Reputation (degree of selectivity) List Potential Schools (up to 15) Do all the schools meet your criteria? Affordable? Accessible? Attractive? Evaluate Your Preferences Shorten Your List Stretch 5 Carefully Research Your Stretch 5 Deadlines for application Guaranteed Housing Co-op Pre-requisites Major, Minor, Concentration, Double Major, Honours, Magnet Programs Direct Entry, Non-Direct Entry Campus Visits, Personal Contacts Program Descriptions Stage III The Application Rolling Admissions vs Pooled Admissions Campus Direct or Application Service Application Fees Limitation on number of choices Documents and Information Required Determine Application ‘Process’ ONGOING Initial application (personal information, academic history, payment) Follow-up Establish account, periodically check for updates, to-do list READ THE DETAILS Report academic progress at prescribed times Complete supplemental portions of application by secondary deadlines Do not apply if you have no intention of going. Do not apply too early. Application, Transcripts Self Reported - on-line self reporting School Reported - transcript mailed or attached to official site Ministry Reported – through PSI Choices form School of Record (on-line courses, external credits) Application, Accepting an Offer An offer must be accepted in order for you to be ‘enrolled’ at a PSI There are rules for the number of PSIs you can accept There is a non-refundable deposit required to accept an offer Accepting an offer is a kind of ‘contract’ Stage IV Course Selection Once you have applied, been made an offer, accepted the offer, and paid the deposit, you will be given a course registration date. Plan your courses and make a mock timetable ahead of time so that when the portal opens you can select courses. Select courses, build timetable. Stage V Payment How much does it cost? Who is going to pay for it? What contribution will you make? What about scholarships? Scholarships Ministry – Exam Scholarship, Dogwood Scholarship, Passport to Meadowridge- Dr. Michael Orser, Mick McLaughlin, Greg PSI – Entrance Scholarships, Merit Scholarships, Athletic Stipends External Scholarships – Education Moore, Alumni, Board of Governors http://www.studentawards.com http://www.scholarshipscanada.com/ http://www.canlearn.ca/eng/postsec/index.shtml http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/awards/ Upcoming Planning Events UBC Tour September 13th 8:30-3:30pm @ UBC Vancouver Go Global Expo (work, study, volunteer abroad) September 16th 1:00pm-5:00pm @ The Olympic Village IVY Plus September 19th 7:00pm @St. George’s School Study & Go Abroad Fair September 22nd 1:00pm-5:00pm @ Vancouver Convention Centre More Planning Events Atlantic Canada (St. FX & Acadia) October 10th morning @ Meadowridge VAIS Fair (US Colleges) October 24th 1:00pm-3:00pm West Point Grey Academy Canadian Universities Event October 25th 6:30pm-8:00pm @ Meadowridge School University of Toronto November 24th or 25th 7:00pm Meadowridge School Art & Design Fair November 29th @ St. John’s School, Vancouver Stage VI Get started Now Verify Transcript Note PEN Set up account on Student Secure Website https://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/exams/tsw/tsw/student/welcome.jsp Complete Reference Letter Request Form (or other similar assessment) Identify Supplemental Requirements (College Essay, Personal Statement) Complete ‘Graduating Student Profile’ form for Mr. Graveson Read Student, Counsellor, & Family Responsibilities (understand your role) Put Planning Events in your calendar Student Responsibilities Develop and research an initial list of approximately five to fifteen universities you might be interested in attending. Be aware of admission requirements and deadlines, including residence and housing. Research scholarships; a good site is www.studentawards.com. Many scholarship applications are due in the fall of Grade 12. Write a resume and personal statement. Ask teachers early for letters of recommendation. Give them a copy of your resume and personal statement as supporting documents. Students, not the university counsellor, are responsible for teacher recommendations. Register well before the deadlines for all college admissions tests i.e. SAT, ACT, TOEFL. Arrange to have admissions tests results sent directly to the universities. Complete all American university applications by late October for early admissions decisions and by December for regular admissions decisions. Complete all UCAS (British) applications in the fall (Oxford and Cambridge are due Oct 15th) Request and report grades as required by your institution. Notify the University Counsellor of acceptances or denials, and which university you will attend. Inform the universities of your intentions to accept or deny an offer of admission. Continue to work hard in your classes. Don’t let an admissions officer, test score, or course grade determine what you’re worth. Counsellor Responsibilities Inform students and parents of the university application process. Meet with students and parents individually and in groups as part of the university application process. Advise students and parents of appropriate universities, given each student’s grades, test scores, interests, abilities, educational goals and financial status. Maintain a university and college resource and test information library. Arrange opportunities for on-campus visits by university and college representatives. Process all related school records (transcripts), secondary school reports, teacher and counsellor recommendations and school profiles in a timely manner. Correspond with university and college admissions officers in support of student applications. Family Responsibilities Assist and support your son/daughter through the university application process. Resist the urge to take over and do it for them; do not become a “helicopter parent.” Remember there is not one perfect university for your child. Check the university calendar each month to see if your son/daughter is on track. Be aware of deadlines for test registration and university applications. Know the list of universities and chances of acceptance. Be discerning about everything you hear, from neighbours to McLean’s University report/ US News and World Report Have a realistic talk about how much you can afford for university; assist in searching for scholarships. Assess your need for financial aid. Provide necessary financial statements for university applications. Provide fees for university application costs. Encourage continued studying. Be prepared for ups and downs of acceptances/rejections For the most part, let the student make the decision of where he/she will go. Obtain visas and travel documents as required for university outside of Canada. Keep a sense of humour, an open mind, open heart and open wallet!