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Phillips Exeter Academy: College Counseling Guidebook: 2008-2009
Phillips Exeter Academy: College Counseling Handbook: 2008-2009
Phillips Exeter Academy: College Counseling Guidebook: 2008-2009
Phillips Exeter Academy: College Counseling Handbook: 2008-2009

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The staff members are:
Elizabeth M. Dolan
Director
edolan@exeter.edu
Pamela R. Appleton
Associate Director
pappleton@exeter.edu
Gretchen Bergill
Associate Director
jbergill@exeter.edu
Joseph J. Bobrowskas
Associate Director
jbobrowskas@exeter.edu
Karen Clagett
Associate Director
kclagett@exeter.edu
R. Cary Einhaus
Associate Director
ceinhaus@exeter.edu
Sarah A. Herrick
Manager of College Counseling Office Programs
sherrick@exeter.edu
S. True Dow
Office Assistant
sdow@exeter.edu
Cori A. Kingsley
Office Assistant
ckingsley@exeter.edu
Lynn M. Seidenberg
Administrative Manager
lseidenberg@exeter.edu
PHILLIPS EXETER ACADEMY
COLLEGE COUNSELING OFFICE
FREDERICK R. MAYER CENTER - 603-777-3415
CCOFFICE@EXETER.EDU

Just as teachers at the Harkness table create a student-centered learning environment, PEA counselors foster active and open-minded collaboration with students. In this supportive environment, students learn to identify their goals and inter- ests, to manage a complex and stressful process, and to make healthy and confident decisions about higher education. Fundamentally, we believe that each student should control the self-evaluation, research, and application writing that is

essential to good college selection.
INTRODUCTION
THE COLLEGE COUNSELOR/STUDENT/PARENT PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT.......2
CHAPTER I WINTER & SPRING OF UPPER YEAR
WHAT DO YOU WANT: CONSIDERATIONS FOR YOUR COLLEGE SEARCH............5

Type of Institution..............................................................................................................................5 Student Body and Gender...............................................................................................................6 College Setting....................................................................................................................................6 Enrollment Size...................................................................................................................................7 Geographic Search.............................................................................................................................7 Major Fields of Study........................................................................................................................9 Campus Life.........................................................................................................................................9

Housing............................................................................................................................10 Extracurriculars...............................................................................................................10 Campus Employment......................................................................................................10 Support Services..............................................................................................................10

Athletics...............................................................................................................................................11 Advanced Placement.........................................................................................................................12 Financial Aid/Scholarships.................................................................................................................12 Admissions Selectivity - Category I, II, III, and IV.......................................................................13

STANDARDIZED TESTING.....................................................................................................14
Types of Standardized Tests.............................................................................................................14

PSAT/NMSQT - Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test..............................14 SAT I - Reasoning Test.....................................................................................................15 SAT II-Subject Tests.........................................................................................................15 ACT - American College Testing Program.....................................................................15 AP - Advanced Placement...............................................................................................16 TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language............................................................16

Test Preparation Resources.............................................................................................................16
Sending Test Scores............................................................................................................................17
COLLEGE COUNSELING WEBSITE...................................................................................................18
CHAPTER II SUMMER
THE COLLEGE VISIT....................................................................................................................21
Preparing for Your Trip......................................................................................................................21
Overview of Visit Options...............................................................................................................21

Tours.................................................................................................................................21 Group Information Sessions...........................................................................................21 Interviews.........................................................................................................................21 Class Visits........................................................................................................................22 Overnights........................................................................................................................22 Meetings with Coaches, Music Teachers, Learning Specialists.....................................22

HOW TO INTERVIEW....................................................................................................................22
Types of Interviews............................................................................................................................22
Personal Interviews..........................................................................................................22
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Alumni/ae Interviews......................................................................................................22
Interviews at PEA............................................................................................................22
Tips for Success..................................................................................................................................23
Impact on the Decision Making Process......................................................................................23
FINANCING YOUR COLLEGE EDUCATION.......................................................................24
CHAPTER III FALL
OPTIONS FOR ADMISSION....................................................................................................27

Early Decision and Early Action \u2013 Is applying early right for you?.........................................27 Early Evaluation and Early Notification.........................................................................................27 Rolling Admission...............................................................................................................................27

COLLEGE APPLICATIONS......................................................................................................27
Types of Applications.........................................................................................................................28

State Applications............................................................................................................28 British Universities..........................................................................................................28 The Common Application..............................................................................................28 Institutional Applications................................................................................................28

A Step-By-Step Guide to Filling Out Applications.....................................................................29
Part I of the Application - Personal Information..........................................................29

DECISION PLAN....................................................................................................29 NAME.......................................................................................................................29 ADDRESS.................................................................................................................29 PARENT AND SIBLING INFORMATION.............................................................29 PHILLIPS EXETER ACADEMY INFORMATION..................................................29 FEE/FEE WAIVER....................................................................................................29

Part II of the Application- Everything Else....................................................................29

LISTING SENIOR COURSES..................................................................................29 INFLUENCES ON YOUR DECISION TO APPLY..................................................29 QUESTIONS ABOUT WHERE ELSE YOU ARE APPLYING................................29 LANGUAGE, IF OTHER THAN ENGLISH............................................................30 INTENDED MAJOR................................................................................................30

Reporting Standardized Tests..........................................................................................30
Presenting Your Extracurricular Interests and Activities..............................................30

COMMITMENT TO ACTIVITIES..........................................................................30 LEADERSHIP...........................................................................................................30 VOLUNTEER WORK/COMMUNITY SERVICE...................................................30 HOBBIES/OUTSIDE INTERESTS..........................................................................30 ACADEMIC HONORS OR AWARDS.....................................................................31

Recommendations...........................................................................................................31

SECONDARY SCHOOL REPORT (SSR)................................................................31 CLASS RANK...........................................................................................................31 MIDYEAR SCHOOL REPORT FORMS..................................................................31 ACADEMIC RECOMMENDATIONS FROM TEACHERS....................................31 THE FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT OF 1974.............31 ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS.................................................................31

Additional Credentials.....................................................................................................32

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