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To better serve our students, New Oasis has improved our college admissions advising with the help of our Academic Coordinator, Megan Aquilante. Megan has more than ten years of college advising experience.
Until recently, Megan served as a Guidance Counselor at Complete College Planning Solutions. She will provide her expertise to our students through monthly on-line presentations and meeting directly with our college admissions advisers.
Dear New Oasis students,
We are now halfway into the second semester and many seniors are aware of their admission status at colleges and universities. If you have received acceptance offers from more than one college and are undecided about where to attend, you must work on choosing which college is best for you. If you are not sure which college you prefer, you should evaluate your options and make a decision. Consider the following:
- Visit or revisit campuses, research the school’s website or take a virtual tour
- Evaluate your Goals and Priorities
- Assess each college against your requirements
- Create a Pros and Cons list for each college
Make an informed decision and notify your college of your attendance by May 1.
In addition to senior college planning, it continues to be important for juniors to become aware of items that should be completed each month for their college planning purposes. If you are a current 11th grade student, please make note of the College Planning Checklist for the month of April:
- Prepare for the SAT I or SAT II Subject exams held on May 2, 2015 and register by April 6, 2015
- Continue preparing for the April 18, 2015 ACT test if planning on taking it
- If you are in AP courses, get ready for the AP exams next month to be held May 4-May 15, 2015
- Continue researching colleges and developing your college list
- Take a look at some college applications and consider all of the different pieces you will need to compile
- Start to think about two teachers you would like to ask for letters of recommendation for college, preferably a teacher from junior year or your upcoming senior year
- Consider asking for supplemental letters of recommendation. These would be from a person such as an employer, a coach or an adviser from a school club or an activity outside of school. Make sure this person has a good understanding of you and your strengths
In addition to the above checklists, to better serve its students, New Oasis is committed to communicating with and collecting admissions information from different colleges and universities. Our goal is to help students better understand admissions at colleges and universities. We hope you find our ongoing college admissions research useful, and are delighted to provide some highlights of these recent conversations. Should students seek additional information on these schools please contact the New Oasis Academic Team.
University of Colorado, Denver
Information provided by Clay Harmon, International Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator (Asia Specialist)
- Q: How do you review international applicants when evaluating domestic applicants? Are they reviewed by the same office or separate offices? Are international students held to the same standards as domestic students? A: There are two separate admissions office, one for domestic and one for international students (sub unit of International Affairs office, ESL, study abroad)
- Q: How do you figure out a student’s GPA if they have both a transcript from China and one from their US high school? A: We evaluate the Chinese transcript in house and combine the GPA from both China and US school on a 4.0 GPA scale. We do not see a repeating a course taken in China at a US high school as problematic
- Q: What is the most important part of an international student application? A: We are not over-saturated with Chinese students so we tend to be more flexible. Overall some things that can help an international student stand out are the following: Understanding what UC Denver is all about and why they want to attend there, interesting major that is chosen could help, look for individual interest, purpose and what they want to study, essay not required but UC Denver loves to receive optional essays to help the student stand out
Stony Brook University
Information provided by Stacey Acquaro of Undergraduate International Admissions
- Q: How do you view international applicants when evaluated domestic applicants? Are they reviewed by the same office or separate offices? Are international students held to the same standards as domestic students? A: We do have international admissions counselors within the admissions office to help review the international students. We evaluate students within the context of their experience for curriculum taken, international students held to same domestic student expectation of GPA and test scores. Approximately a 90/100 GPA needed, but some majors more competitive than others. Student can submit TOEFL and not submit SAT, but some majors need SAT such as engineering and business. Students should be aware they could be admitted to the university but not their desired major.
- Q: What is the most important part of an international student application? A: If interested in engineering then participation in competitions for engineering along with summer camps. Stony Brook is also very focused on the essay and want to see students involved in clubs as that will translate to their college careers
- Q: How do you evaluate the SAT if required of applicant? What does your school consider as a competitive Critical Reading score for the SAT for an international student? A: On average we like to see 1100-1200 range for the CR and Math sections combined (we seek a minimum of a 430 CR to show English proficiency but overall want students to have 500-600 on each part)
University of Wisconsin, Madison, information provided by James McManus Admissions Intern, Office of Admissions and Recruitment
- Q: How do you review international applicants when evaluating domestic applicants? Are they reviewed by the same office or separate offices? Are international students held to the same standards as domestic students? A: The process looks similar for domestic and international applicants, the main difference is that TOEFL is required for international students (do have international and domestic counselors working together, a lot of overlap…counselors have regions of China to help best understand those areas) If a student did majority of their courses in China, then the application review would require more of an international counselor role. The majority of international students are from China at University of Wisconsin.
- We look closely at extracurricular activities and academic history. Taking challenging courses important. Focus a lot on writing. The “Why are you applying to Wisconsin?”essay is important. The admissions office wants to see some specific thought put into it. The admissions office likes to see leadership roles or abilities on an application as it shows initiative. The optional activities statement is really important.
- If a student demonstrates their interest in writing about their visit to the campus or makes note of a conversation with professor to the admissions counselor in an e-mail, this information could be added to the student file. However, the applicant pool is so big that admissions can’t really track demonstrated interest.
- Q: What is the most important part of an international student application? A: Academic preparation, breadth of coursework, good GPA trend, specifically looking at TOEFL score and the writing (not only for content but English proficiency. We desire a polished level of writing and look for students to have the ability to handle their reading and writing in the college classes). Overall, want to see the student/Wisconsin fit.
- Q: How do you evaluate an international student’s transcript? A: The admissions office will review international transcripts the same as domestic. We rate the rigor of coursework, and if a student struggles in English class, but takes on a college prep or honors humanities course or US History course that tells us the student is willing to work hard and take on challenges. We like to see breadth of classes on the transcript.