- Selecting a College
- Factors in Admission Decisions
- College Admissions Terminology
- LA Board of Regents Minimum Admission Standards
- High School Code
- Visiting College Campuses
- Academy Application Timeline
- Information for the Arts
CONSIDERATIONS FOR SELECTING A COLLEGE
The college admission process plays an important role in post-high school planning. When considering a college, consider 3 major categories: REACH schools (those you would love to attend, but admission might be a long-shot for either academic or economic reasons). TARGET schools (those that possess significant desirable features and have a likely probability, academically-speaking, for admission). SAFETY schools (those that have most of the features a student desires and have a highly likely, or certain probability for admission).
Discuss as a family what you want and can do, together. Assist each other in the information-gathering, visitation, and application processes. Then, of course, discuss options for paying for college.
Consider these things when looking at a college:
- Academic level
- Department of your intended major
- Highest attainable degree in your major
- Facilities such as library, research, and equipment
- Student-faculty ratio
- Faculty credentials
- Religious orientation
- Price range
- Financial aid programs
- Scholarship offerings
- Student life
College admission committees consider a variety of factors that you should be aware of; however, each college could place these in a different order of importance:
- High school GPA
- Rank in class (RIC)
- Rigor of the course work (regular, honors, or advanced placement)
- College entrance exam scores
- Extracurricular activities
- High school's reputation and standing
- Recommendations from teachers, counselors and/or principals
- Personal statement or essay
- Quality of the application
- Special talents
- Candidate's Reply Date: The date by which students must notify each college that has accepted them whether or not they plan to attend that college in the fall. The deadline is usually May 1.
- Candidate Notification Date: The date the college/university will announce its decision on a student’s application for admission.
- Deferred Admission: A plan used by colleges whereby students who have been admitted can delay or defer their enrollment for a year or a semester. Also, it can mean an Early Action applicant’s admission is put into the Regular Decision pool of applicants to be reevaluated.
- Demonstrated Interest: The number and quality of contacts you have had with the college. Colleges are interested in qualified students who have taken the time to return postcards and other mailings, research, visit, email, and/or call. Demonstrating interest can be an advantage in admissions.
- Early Action: A plan used by some colleges in which students apply in early Fall by the Early Action deadline, learn of the decision earlier than other students (usually December), but have until May 1 to accept or reject the offer of admission. Unlike Early Decision, students may apply to other schools and are not obligated (if admitted) to attend that school.
- Early Decision: A plan in which students apply early in the Fall by the set deadline and learn of the decision earlier than other students, usually in December. This plan is suggested only for students who are highly qualified and know that this particular college is 'the one'. Accepted students are required to withdraw their applications to other colleges and to agree to matriculate to the college that accepts them Early Decision.
- Early Notification: A plan that is a cross between Early Action and Early Decision. Requirements and notification deadlines vary college to college. Ask an admission counselor to explain their school's plan.
- Liberal Arts Education: A general education of humanities, science and technology considered a foundation for life, as opposed to career-specific or professional studies. Liberal Arts institutions may not offer as many advanced technical or scientific undergraduate opportunities as comprehensive universities.
- Matriculate: To enroll in a college or university as a candidate for a degree.
- Open Admission: A plan whereby colleges admit all applicants who apply.
- Profile: The high school profile is a demographical description of your high school and the academic characteristics of the most recent graduates. A Profile is sent to colleges with applications.
- Rolling Admission: Some colleges review applications for admission on a first come-first served basis. Students are notified of the admission decision shortly after their application and credentials are complete with the college. A deposit may be required to hold a place in the class.
- Selective Colleges: Those that accept fewer students than apply. The degree of selectivity is dependent upon the number of applicants per seat a school receives. Highly selective colleges (or top tier colleges) may accept 30% or fewer applicants. Most selective colleges require additional information about the applicant to help in their decision, such as a resume’, an essay, and letter(s) of recommendation. They will also expect a transcript showing course rigor.
- Wait List: A term used by institutions to describe a process in which they may initially delay offering or deny admission. Rather, the institution extends the possibility of admission in the future. Colleges offer admission to wail list candidates if insufficient numbers of regularly admitted candidates accept their offers of admission.
Minimum Admissions Criteria
Selective school admission needs to be a top priority of all Loyola students today. With the exception of the state's two-year institutions, all public four-year institutions have adopted selective admission policies. The LA Board of Regents/TOPS high school core curriculum must be completed as a minimum to be considered for admission into any of the four-year institutions. Because of this change, Loyola, as a college preparatory school, was compelled to adjust its requirements for graduation to meet this standard. For a listing of the core curricular requirements and the LA Public University Minimum Admissions Criteria, click this link.
Louisiana Core Four curricular requirements became effective beginning with the Class of 2012 . All Loyola students graduate with the mandatory Core Four requirements.
Visiting a college is the only way to find out your impressions of a college and to get a feeling for the school. The more colleges you visit, the more general knowledge you will have about college and the more specific knowledge you will gain about what you like and do not like. Loyola allows two visit days for Juniors and Seniors per year, but extended time may be granted by the Principal or Assistant Principal/Prefect of Discipline if needed. Students should try to plan college visits when Loyola is not in session if possible.
PLANNING A VISIT:
- Call or visit the website in advance to find out about appointments and tours. Smaller colleges will probably arrange individual appointments and larger colleges will have set times for tours and group sessions. Some colleges will provide overnight lodging on campus, so ask if you are interested.
- If you would like to sit in on a class or talk to a coach or professor, let the admissions office know.
- If you are visiting other colleges, be sure to plan enough time between visits to get to your appointments on time and to absorb what you see.
BEFORE THE VISIT:
- Read over information (brochures, catalogs and/or websites) about the college so that you are prepared and knowledgeable when you visit.
- Prepare questions. Remember that the purpose of this visit is for you to get information and a feeling for the college. Ask questions that you want to ask - there are no right questions to ask.
- Get directions! The admissions office would be happy to provide them for you.
WHEN YOU ARRIVE:
- Relax and take in as much as you can.
- Take a tour.
- Have a meal in the cafeteria. This is the place to acquire the best impressions of student life.
- Locate a campus newspaper and read it.
- Check out bulletin boards. What are people posting and what is advertised?
- Try to see a dorm room.
- Ask your guide personal questions - such as why he chose the school or what she does not like. Your guide can provide invaluable information that will not be found in publications.
- Spend time in the library. Is this a place where people study or socialize?
- Listen in on conversations.
THINGS TO LOOK FOR:
- Social Climate
- What do people do on the weekends?
- What social and cultural activities are offered on campus? Are these activities that you would like?
- What facilities are there for socializing? Is there a social center or student union?
- What clubs, organizations, and groups are evident and popular on campus?
- Are the students friendly? Are they positive about their school?
- How would you generalize about the "type" of student that you see - ie. preppy, nonconformist, intellectual, career oriented ...
- What is the political climate on campus?
- Intellectual Climate
- What is the student attitude toward learning?
- How competitive or intense is the learning environment?
- What are opportunities for special programs? ie. cooperative programs, study abroad, research...
- Do you feel that this would be an intellectual "fit?"
- Campus life
- Does the appearance of the campus please you?
- What are the living accommodations like? Is there a variety of housing from which to choose - ie single sex/coed, suites, single rooms, "quiet" dorms, off campus apartments?
- Where does one find a "community"? ie. clubs, residential communities, Greek system, learning communities, religious affiliations?
- What is the difference between where freshmen and upperclassmen live?
- What would you do when you go off campus?
- Is the campus safe? Are you comfortable with the security in all areas?
- When you visit, try to get a feeling for what your life would be like if you attend. Remember that you can gather facts from websites and guidebooks. Your visit should give you should provide you with an impression of and opinions about the college. Often, this "feeling" is the deciding factor in your decision.
From year to year Loyola students seek admission to one or more of our U.S. Service Academies. These include West Point, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, The Merchant Marines Academy, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Qualifications for admissions are high and the application process is rigorous. Because of this, those students interested must begin the process at the beginning of their junior year.
- September: notify college placement counselors of your interest
- October: initial meeting with parents and interested students
- December- January: apply for summer seminar programs at the Service Academies
- April: meet with college placement counselor to begin the application process
- Senior year: request nomination packets from U.S. Congressman and U.S. Senator
- Begin applications to the academies
- Begin application for ROTC scholarship
- September-November: complete all applications and nomination packets
- November-December: interviews for nominations
Finding the right performing or visual arts program is a unique and individual decision. There many different types of schools offering a quality education in the arts.
- Four-Year Colleges/Universities: For those who want a broad liberal arts curriculum. The ability to switch majors is a very useful safety net for those who aren’t 100% certain of their choices.
- Four-Year Performing and Visual Arts Schools: Generally offer art instruction with a liberal arts program of study. All degrees are art-related. Most of these schools have the words “Art” or “Design” in their names.
- Conservatories: Professional schools designed to preserve and perfect the knowledge of the performing arts, generally without the traditional liberal arts curriculum. For the most part, conservatories are looking for polish from a prospective student.
www.artschools.com – a free college search engine that lists over 1,300 visual arts programs worldwide. On the home page, the site offers a number of instructive essays about applying to college.
National Youngarts Foundation-High school seniors (17+ years old) are eligible to apply to the NFAA’s Arts Recognition and Talent Search (ARTS) program. Simply applying provides the opportunity to qualify for scholarships and the chance to be named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. This is for the areas of dance, jazz, film and video, music, photography, theater, visual arts, and voice.
Resources for Dance interests:
Information For The Arts (Theater)