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Do you have questions about college applications?
Are you a student, parent, mentor or college counselor seeking simple steps that will illuminate an inside track for college preparation and admission?
This course introduces 6 steps with instructions, worksheets, and lectures that explain how to apply for admission to college. Information in this course includes hyperlinks to resources, including websites to search for colleges, register for student tests, and apply for college admissions. High school students will walk through the essential steps to apply to college while parents and college counselors better understand how to support admission success.
College applications open for registration on August 1 and deadlines vary by college. Steps 1- 4 show students how to evaluate academic abilities and life goals in order to select the right college. Steps 5 shows students how to brainstorm, outline, write, revise, and review college essays and applications. Once students are offered admission to college, a review of the financial offers and securing enrollment completes Step 6.
This course is the starting point for anyone who wishes to apply to college. Parents, mentors, and college counselors will learn the essential steps of applications with strategies to improve chances of admission to college.
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Introduction to Using Data for College Decisions
|Section 1: Evaluate Academic Achievements and Career Goals|
Step 1 Worksheet Walkthrough
Grades in Required Coursework
Admission Test Scores
Career and Life Goals and Dreams
Step 1: Do you understand the requirements to apply to college?
|Section 2: Create a Calendar with Work Plan and Deadlines|
Download the Step 2 Worksheet from the downloadable materials below. Complete the worksheet as you listen to the video lecture.
This is the first of two videos that walk students through the worksheets for Step 2.
Step 2 is time to schedule a meeting with someone to conduct a final review of your application a few weeks prior to the application deadline. This course walks students through the basic steps to apply to college, but deadlines and requirements should be verified by a college counselor.
This video walks you through creating a calendar and scheduling time to complete your applications with Steps 3-6.
Download Step 2 below and watch the video.
This is Part 1 of 2 videos that will walk you through Step 2 to create a work plan and calendar for college applications.
During your junior year:
Maintain high grades
Take SAT, ACT, or Subject Tests (as required)
Identify where you excel and attain positions of leadership
Start seriously exploring colleges of interest (e.g., online, campus tours).
Activities we recommend all through high school, but especially during the Summer of your Junior year:
Work (e.g., retail stores, grocery stores, your own business mowing grass or babysitting)
Internships (e.g., explore potential career choices by working in the environment you envision yourself)
Summer Programs (e.g., coding classes, cooking classes, music classes - the list is endless!)
Start reflecting and writing:
November 1: Most applications for Early Decision and Action are due
In October, proof read and submit applications to your top colleges BEFORE the deadline.
November 30: University of California applications due.
December and early January: General application deadlines for many private universities
Make sure to know the specific application deadlines for your colleges of interest.
|Section 3: Reflect on What is Important in Life|
Step 3 Reflect and Envision a Track Through College Into Career
Describe and typical day at school and at work. How would you improve your typical day?
Describe a few sparks that light a fire each day for you and describe a few of the greater purposes for doing what you do throughout your life.
Make lists of phrases of important activities and values in your life so that you may use these as talking points when writing essays.
Describe experiences where you have grown from diversity and how your leadership benefitted from diversity.
Describe your dream job and how you are working toward this job today.
Describe in detail the exact steps along potential career paths and provide reasons for pursing these paths in life.
|Section 4: Create a College List and Research College Programs|
Step 4 Create a College List
Students take notes while searching for specific college programs online. Identify 10 possible colleges and specific majors and programs within each college.
Take notes and include hyperlinks while researching colleges.
Find 2 majors or programs of study that interest you most at each college and note the specific requirements and profiles of last admits last year.
Identify specific jobs you will be qualified for upon graduation along with summer internships and other work-related experiences along your career path.
|Section 5: Write Early, Write Often with Feedback and Revision|
Step 5: Produce Personal Statements
Step 5: How do I write effective essays?
|Section 6: Review Completed Application in Fall and Financial Offers in Spring|
Step 6: Application and Financial Review
Dr. Andrews teaches students of all ages as he designs, implements, and evaluates educational programs throughout the world. He teaches teachers-in-training at the college level while teaching integrated courses in STEM projects at charter schools, and counseling students applying to college programs and their first jobs.
Dr. Andrews conducts international studies of youth development. Some of his most esteemed work is on Good Work, Youth Purpose and Entrepreneurship at the Stanford Center on Adolescence. He has help design a number of successful online, educational programs, most notably the free college preparation curriculum offered in thousands of classrooms through Student Paths. Dr. Andrews founded Famplay to encourage parents to unplug from busy, tech-filled lives to engage in learning through play with their children. He founded Maverick Learning to provide elite educational experiences and advising for unorthodox students. He is the Chief Academic Officer at College Inside Track.
Dr. Andrews builds educational programs, conducts international research on human development, and works with leaders around the world to develop better educational systems. Enjoy his online courses on Udemy!