June 09, 2012

Gaining Access to Selective Colleges, Universities and Programs 

A College Readiness Workshop

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The DCPS College Readiness Workshop will provide scholars and their families with a workshop where they can engage admission and financial aid professionals from selective colleges, universities, programs and scholarships around the country.  

Scholars and their families will be exposed to evaluators' expectations.  9th through 11th grade students and their families from throughout the district are encouraged to attend.  


9:30   a.m.     REGISTRATION
9:45   a.m.     WELCOME
10:00 a.m.     WORKSHOP SESSIONS (concurrent)

Getting into the College of Your Choice: Lessons from Admission Officers

Admission officers from a range of selective colleges and universities will share their insights and perspectives about how students can best prepare to gain admission to the college of their choice.  Dialogue with admission officers from colleges, universities and  programs.   Does the admission office really care about 9th and 10th grade student academic performance?  Is it more important to get an A in a regular course or a B in an Honors/AP course?  How can students afford college?  What makes a student a viable candidate for the college of their choice and competitive for a range of scholarships? How can students make the most of their summers and time outside the classroom?  Does the personal statement and recommendations really matter?  We look forward to your questions, perspective and participation!

Understanding Financial Aid: How to Make College Affordable

Do students and parents wonder how they will afford college?  Ever wonder what the role of the DC OneAPP, FAFSA and/or the CSS PROFILE in receiving financial aid for college? How do financial aid officers award packages? What is the difference between a grant and a scholarship?  How can one be competitive to receive college merit scholarships and local, regional and national scholarships?  Financial aid officers and counselors will provide guidance during this session.

Navigating the College Search Process

There are over 3,000 colleges and universities in America.  How can a student and guardian choose a "best fit" college that will lead to college graduation?  This workshop will provide students and families with tools to evaluate colleges and universities and determine the best fit school.

A great opportunity to talk directly to college, university and program representatives about their offerings.  You may learn about a university, college access program or scholarship program that you never considered.  

Sample Listing of Participating Colleges, Universities and Programs:

Babson College 
Corcoran College of Art & Design 
Cornell University
Davidson College 
District of Columbia College Access Program 
University of the District of Columbia
Gates Millennium Scholars Program 
Johns Hopkins University
University of Pennsylvania 
Princeton University 
Service Academy Selection Board - Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton's (D-DC)  
U.S. Air Force Academy , U.S. Military Academy  , U.S. Naval Academy  , U.S. Merchant Marine Academy 
University of Rochester 
Rutgers University - Camden 
Tufts University 
Wesleyan University  

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