WIMA/WIHI students and families - please join us for the first Counselor Coffee forum this Thursday, Sept. 11 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the courtyard. Ms. Taylor and Mr. Nemerovski will hold forums each month to share information regarding current counseling issues and to listen to your concerns and ideas!
Our first forum will cover: beginning-of-year transitions, student accommodations at WIMA/WIHI and updates on college application processing. And we'll have light snacks, courtesy of the wonderful WIHI PTO! If you can't make it to the September forum, mark your calendar for our next forum on Tuesday, October 7 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
The College Search & Application Process: What Colleges are Looking For & How WIHI Will Deliver!
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Juniors and parents are urged to attend, all others are invited to see what’s up ahead.
Kimberly J. Bryant
Senior Assistant Director of Admissions
The University of Michigan
Robert R. McCullough
Director of Undergraduate Admission
Case Western Reserve University
Assistant Director of Admissions
John B. Boshoven, M.A., M.S.W., L.P.C.
Coordinator of College Counseling
Washtenaw International High School
Come to kick-off WiHi’s College Counseling Program and hear from national college experts about the search and application process!
The PSAT will be given to interested 10th and 11th graders on Wednesday, October 15 from 3 to 6 p.m. in the WIHI Cafeteria. Cost is $20 (check made out to "WIHI" with "PSAT" in the subject line). The PSAT is a pre-SAT test. Taking the PSAT also enters 11th-grade students into the National Merit Scholarship program.
WIHI students may sign up for the PSAT outside of Mr. Nemo's office.
MSU Admissions will be in a city near you!
Click Here to Register!
Issue No.April 28, 2014
As you begin the college search process and evaluate your options for continuing your education beyond high school, I want to personally invite you and your family to attend a special admissions program focused on our Residential Colleges for prospective students and parents hosted by Michigan State University.
We are excited about helping you discover what it means to be a part of the Spartan Family and hope you take advantage of this occasion to learn more about the opportunities available to you at Michigan State. Specifically, this program will highlight our Residential Colleges, distinctive living-learning communities for incoming first-year students. The program will also include how to prepare for the admissions process and take advantage of campus visit programs.
The three Residential Colleges at Michigan State offer the best of both worlds: the finest qualities of small liberal arts colleges combined with the energy and resources of a large research university. These living-learning communities unite students with similar interests in designated residence halls on the campus of MSU, which creates innovative educational atmospheres.
Wednesday, April 30 Thursday, May 1 Tuesday, May 6
Crowne Plaza Hotel Northville High School Kalamazoo Central High School
Grand Rapids, Mich. Northville, Mich. Kalamazoo, Mich.
Space is limited! To register, click here.
I sincerely hope that you and your family are able to attend one of these programs. We look forward to meeting you and discussing the opportunities available to you as a member of the Spartan Family.
Office of Admissions
The smoke is still clearing after the last college notifications were sent to the Class of 2014, but it isn't too early to use this year's results to offer advice to next year's seniors. Here are the major trends that emerged or grew this year that are likely to impact the application process next year:
Widen your view When the average admit rate of the Ivy League colleges is less than 9%, one thing becomes clear--highly selective colleges are running out of room long before they run out of great applicants. Along with this increase comes news from long-time college counselors and admissions officers that most models used to predict admission patterns are no longer viable. The increased applicant pool has too many new, changing, and random factors to create any admissions model recognizable to the human eye, the seasoned counselor, or IBM's Watson computer.
This growing trend means juniors have to apply to at least two colleges that admit 20% or more of their applicants. Finding these colleges isn't hard, if you look for schools that have the same qualities, majors, or campus feel as the highly selective colleges you love--and why wouldn't you fall in love with a school that meets your needs and offers you admission?
Visit way more campuses. Way more. Many seniors were surprised when they were waitlisted at their "back-up colleges". As the year when on, a pattern emerged; students with high grades and test scores were waitlisted at a "sure thing" college because they never visited campus, didn't attend the information program offered at a local hotel, or never talked to the admissions representative who visited the student's high school.
Demonstrated interest is a bigger factor that ever before at many colleges, especially schools with more reasonable admit rates in the 20-25% range. Many of these colleges are likely to have lower admit rates next year, so if you really want to keep a college open as a place you'd love to attend, it's time to show them that. If campus is within a five hour drive, go visit; if the rep comes to your high school, go to the presentation and introduce yourself; if they'll be at the local college fair, stop by and say hello. This will make you a more memorable applicant--more important, it will give you a closer look at the school, so you can make a more confident choice come spring.
Go beyond grades. Colleges and high school counselors have always said that straight As alone won't get you into a highly selective college, even if they're paired with amazing test scores. 95 percent of all Ivy applicants have those credentials; for most, the difference in being admitted lies in what else you've done with your life, how you've challenged your assumptions, and how you've interacted with the larger world. Studying is still the most important thing, but it has never--ever--- been the only thing. That's even more true now.
Consider applying early. More colleges are taking more students through early application programs. Since fewer students apply early, that means a strong applicant's chances of admission are better if their application and test scores are ready to go in October, not January.
Early decision deadlines make students promise to come if they're admitted, so think about ED programs carefully. Most other early programs just want your completed application sooner, and advanced planning can get you there. Take your tests this spring, ask teachers in June to write letters for the fall, and work on your essays in August. The rest will fall together naturally.
Upcoming Junior Preview Days:
Michigan State University's Residential College in the Arts and Humanities Junior Preview Day (East Lansing, MI)
Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 10am - 2pm
For more information people can go to rcah.msu.edu or call (517) 355-0210.
James Madison College at Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
April 4th, April 7th, April 14th
10:00am Club Spartan
Register at: www.jmc.msu.edu/visit
Wittenberg University (Springfield, OH)
March 28, April 4, April 11, April 25
Includes: an admission presentation, a campus tour, a student panel and an open classroom experience
For more information: call (877) 206-0332 or visit www.wittenberg.edu/ visit
By Caralee Adams on March 24, 2014 3:23 PM, Education Week
This time of year, high school hallways are filled with both jubilation and disappointment, as students learn which colleges have accepted or denied their applications. Many are fixated on a handful of elite schools as the key to a successful life, but the reality is there are thousands of college options.
So how do counselors suggest students handle rejection by their dream college?
"You need to grieve a little and then you need to focus on celebrating the schools you are admitted to," said Katy Murphy, the president of the National Association of College Admission Counseling and the director of counseling at Bellamine College Preparatory in San Jose, Calif. "You need to move on and realize that the schools you were admitted to offer characteristics that should have been a match for you."
Keep perspective on the process and explore a variety of pathways after graduation.
"Admission to a particular college is not the golden ticket," said Murphy. "Everybody thinks if you do this and this, you get a golden ticket, you are successful and you never have to worry about anything for the rest of your life." But Murphy assures students there are good professors who will inspire them on many campuses and it's more about what they do in college and the opportunities they seize. "A good college is determined by the students' individual characteristics and the fit not the name of it."
One mom in McLean, Va., who is a PTSA president at a high-achieving high school is making it her mission to get kids to think more broadly about where they apply to college and encourage parents to back off from pressuring students too much. The Washington Post had a story on Wilma Bowers Monday and her efforts to emphasize effort and attitude over grades, in hopes of getting families to keep an open mind about what it means for kids to be successful in college and beyond.
There are so many more qualified students than there are spots at top-ranked universities. An article Sunday in the Post gives a glimpse behind the scenes in the admissions process at George Washington University and is a good reminder of the subjective nature of the selection process.
Another article in the Huffington Post notes that it's important to explore other college choices and not be paralyzed by the rejection.
To look beyond the list of brand-name schools, the nonprofit organization Colleges That Change Livesencourages students to focus on what college is right for them and bypass the rankings frenzy.
Even as many criticize rankings, students and families continue to be drawn to them. When it come to selecting among various offers, counselors urge students to take their time in making the final decision--until May 1, if needed and consider fit and tangible factors, such as cost and financial aid. It also might be worth a trip to the campus again to clarify the choice. (See, "What to Look for When Revisiting a College Campus.")
College and Career Day at Pioneer High School. March 30, from 2-4 PM.
Click here for a flier with more details.
Just sending a quick reminder the National Association for College
Admission Counseling (NACAC) is sponsoring the largest *Metro Detroit
College Day Fair* at the *Suburban Showplace in Novi on April 1, 2014*.
It's a new location with ample space and bus parking is free this year!
*2014 Spring Metro Detroit National College Fair* Suburban Collection
Showplace - Hall C 46100 Grand River Novi, MI 48374
Monday, March 31, 2014: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Please consider bringing a bus or two of students to the fair or
advertising the event to your students and families to attend on their
own. Attached you'll find detailed information regarding busing students
to the fair. There is a small amount of funding available to help with the
cost of busing. If you're interested please contact Emma Macauley (
firstname.lastname@example.org) for the grant request form.
Please let me know if you any questions. I hope to see you there!
*Senior Admissions Counselor*
*Northern Michigan University*
*1401 Presque Isle Ave., Marquette, MI 49855*
*586.273.7198 <586.273.7198> direct*
*800.682.9797 <800.682.9797> campus
*906.227.1747 <906.227.1747> fax*
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