Category Archives: College Spotlight

A newsletter/FAQ for college bound students and their families.

SIS College Spotlight: For Chinese Students 托福成绩不是通往美国高校的唯一敲门砖

SSIS College Spotlight: For International Students volume 3, issue 1. Fall 2016  翻译:蒋君  美国大学多种多样,有私立公立之分,有的偏重文理各方面的培养,有的则主要为学生的职业发展做准备,院校也有宗教或非宗教之分。 各大学录取新生也没有统一的要求或过程。每所院校的目的都是找到最适合的学生,让学生在一个适合自己的环境里快乐学习,毕业时能全面准备好应对社会和生活的挑战。 这篇博文将着重介绍申请美国院校时的英语水平要求,特别是国际学生在申请过程中需要注意的方面。 所有美国院校对英文阅读、听力和写作要求都非常高,学生需要能自如、快速地吸收用英文传授的信息和知识,并能表达出自己的想法。即使学理科(如数学和工程类专业)的学生也须如此。 国际学生通过考SAT或ACT的读写考试也能展示自己的英文水平,但大部分时候国际学生仍须在托福考试中考出95分以上的成绩,才能进入理想的院校。4年制的院校一般不会接受托福成绩低于79分的国际学生。 对于托福低于79分的学生,也可以通过有条件入学或平行模式入学进入大学。 有条件录取 (conditional enrollment) 托福成绩在61分到65分之间,学生有机会进入大学,经过一到两个学期的强化英文课程并通过学校的测试后,能正式入学。 平行模式入学 (concurrent enrollment) 有的院校也会录取低于入学托福成绩要求的学生,要求他们在学习强化英文课程的同时,也学习大学的常规课程。这些学生也需要通过学校的英文水平测试,才能完全正式入学。 下图更直观地解释了以上关于托福成绩的要求 托福分项成绩 不同院校通常也会对托福的各个分项(听力,阅读和写作)成绩做出要求 ,一般在14到22分之间。要进入哈佛、加州大学洛杉矶分校这样的学校,国际学生的托福成绩越高越好,通常不能低于100分,同时SAT或ACT都需要有高分。 托福成绩不是全部 那么,托福考了高分是不是就能进入理想的大学呢?答案是否定的。美国院校主要通过三个方面来衡量一个学生的申请:平时学习表现、考试成绩和课外活动。一个学生即使有完美的考试成绩,其他方面却很缺乏,那也无法进入好的学校。 那么高等院校是怎么决定申请者是否是他们要找的学生呢?学校看的是申请者的高中整个学习历程:各科分数、上过什么课程、考试成绩,以及参加过什么课外活动。学生自己的申请文书,老师的推荐信,学校里大学申请辅导员的报告,还有大学的面试,都是申请过程的重要环节。 下图则简单明了地解释了学生该如何找到最适合自己的大学。在将来的博文里我们会围绕此话题提供更多信息。 我们其他的博文里有更多关于申请要求和过程的信息。希望这篇关于托福成绩的博文能让大家了解到托福的重要性,但并不是通往理想大学的唯一敲门砖。同时,如果你还有疑问,或需要任何帮助,SSIS的大学申请辅导员Caroline会随时向你伸出援手。

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SSIS College Spotlight: November — National College Application Month!

SSIS College Spotlight: November — National College Application Month!  volume 1, issue 4. Fall 2015   Dear Seniors and Families, Past Spotlight issues have focused on college search criteria, tools, and processes as well as financial information. Today we review your senior year autumn timeline.   What does it mean when the President of the United States declares November “National College Application Month?” It means four very important things: 1) applying to college has become a national preoccupation, (2) your stress is shared by lots of people, you are not alone (!), (3) you can be proud of what you have accomplished thus far, and (4) it’s time to make sure you that you … Continue reading

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SSIS College Spotlight: For International Students

SSIS College Spotlight: For International Students volume 3, issue 1. Fall 2016   Dear International Students and Families,   The American college experience is unlike any other. Colleges are independent or part of a university. They are public or private, liberal arts or pre-professional, 2 year or 4 year, and can have either secular or religious foundations. There is no uniform placement process, admission requirements vary, college rankings diverge considerably, and every college offers unique opportunities for majors, research, internships, travel, and community involvement. Every college seeks students who are a good fit, likely to graduate in 4-years happy and ready for the world. This Spotlight focuses on the English Language requirements and application processes … Continue reading

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SSIS College Spotlight: State and National Scholarships

SSIS College Spotlight: State and National Scholarships volume 2, issue 3. Fall 2016   Dear Seniors and Families,   It is true, after the expected family contribution, most financial aid comes from a college’s financial package: grants, scholarships, work-study and loans. However, this should not deter you from seeking out outside scholarships. This Spotlight focuses those scholarships coming from state and national sources.    If you are looking to reduce the cost of college, do not overlook non-college scholarship opportunities. Some are merit based, some need-based, and some depend on a specific area of interest or even location. Award amounts range broadly. Small amounts can add up. You do need to be aware that these monies will … Continue reading

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SSIS College Spotlight: Financial Fit — Public and Private

SSIS College Spotlight: Financial Fit — Public and Private volume 2, issue 2. Fall 2016   Dear Seniors and Families,   Not all state schools cost the same and many private colleges publish a sticker price that is much higher than what the average family contributes. This Spotlight focuses on the cost of college—private and public—and how to evaluate the value of each in light of your own situation.    Please remember that individual ambitions and circumstances as well as the policies and endowments of individual schools dictate how any individual financial package is put together and interpreted. Read all college website information carefully and do not be afraid to call a college’s financial aid office—their counselors are available to … Continue reading

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SSIS College Spotlight: Financial Terms, Tools, and Tips

SSIS College Spotlight: Financial Terms, Tools, and Tips volume 2, issue 1. Fall 2016   Dear Seniors and Families,   This Spotlight focuses on college finances.    One of the things that can be especially exasperating with the college application process is that each college and university has its own mechanisms for determining your financial package. In so many instances, you simply won’t know how much a college truly will cost until you receive an offer. However, you can make a “best guess” if you understand the financial language these schools employ and take advantage of online and other resources.   As always, feel free to make use of the SSIS College Counseling office and … Continue reading

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SSIS College Spotlight: Liberal Arts College or Research University?

SSIS College Spotlight: Liberal Arts College or Research University? volume 1, issue 5. Fall 2016   Dear Seniors and Families,   The United States offers a dizzying array of colleges: technical, community, and liberal arts—some of which are religiously affiliated. Universities—large and small—house one or several colleges within them. Universities are where you also find graduate programs and professional schools such as those for medicine, law, engineering, and business. The focus of this Spotlight is to compare liberal arts colleges with universities, however I mention the others as well—they offer significant opportunities to gain valued skills and pathways to a four-year baccalaureate degree.   Choosing between a liberal arts college and a university setting raises several … Continue reading

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SSIS College Spotlight: Why College Location Can Matter

SSIS College Spotlight: Why College Location Can Matter volume 1, issue 4. Fall 2016   Dear Seniors and Families,   You’ve heard of the “right fit.” This Spotlight focuses on why the location of a college might matter to you.    Where are you most comfortable and what sort of challenges are you open to? Lifestyle and learning style play important roles in location decisions. Often, it comes down to issues like a personal preference for quiet or excitement or climate and extracurricular opportunities such as skiing or snorkeling. I encourage you to think about your personal predilections. However, there are also additionally important location questions: What breadth of experience do you need? What post-college employment or further … Continue reading

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SSIS College Spotlight: Effectively Reading a College Website

SSIS College Spotlight: Effectively Reading a College Website volume 1, issue 3. Fall (updated September 2016)   Dear Seniors and Families,   While a prior Spotlight focused on processes, tools, and tips for finding the right fit, this issue of Spotlight focuses more explicitly on how to effectively read college websites.    Follow the scenario and consider the questions below to help you find schools that suit you best.   As always, take advantage of the College Counseling office space, the materials you find there, and me!   Best always, Caroline Your College Counselor _________________________________    A COLLEGE SCORECARD SCENARIO — HOW DOES IT HELP ME NARROW MY SEARCH? Let’s start at the beginning: you have a notion of what you … Continue reading

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SSIS College Spotlight: Tools For Finding the Right Fit

SSIS College Spotlight: Tools For Finding the Right Fit volume 1, issue 2. Fall (updated September 2016)   Dear Students and Families,   With over 2000 colleges to choose from the college search process can appear daunting, but it need not be so. The focus of this Spotlight is on processes, tools, and tips for finding the right fit.   As always, my door is open. Come in, sit down and peruse the brochures, ask questions, have a cup of tea. You are also free to use the office as a quiet study space. Please know that I am happy to meet with you during non-school hours by appointment.   Best always, Caroline Your College Counselor _________________________________   … Continue reading

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