Counselors' Corner 04/03/2015
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The Counselors' Corner is a series of
articles that are written by the guidance department to keep our families informed about a variety of things that are important to your daughters. Since we work with all of our students, the entire department is responsible for contributing articles from time to time. We try to keep our articles brief and timely. These articles also appear in the weekly Tiger Tracks sent to parents each Friday.

Counselors' Corner 04/03/2015

Senior Parents - Madonna Day Information Needed

In preparation for Madonna Day, your daughters were given a “blue form” in her Government or Economics class late last week and is being asked to report to the counseling office all scholarship and award offers she has received from colleges. In the Madonna Day program, we will list all of these scholarships (without numeric value). We are asking students to not only list the name and university/college/organization giving the scholarship, but also to provide a copy of the letter to verify the information. Please encourage your daughter to get this form filled out accurately and on time with the appropriate letters to the counseling office.  Seniors are asked to return the “blue form” with all verification letters to their social science teacher no later than April 15th so that we can begin the Madonna Day program preparation.  We will accept any “late” scholarship offers in our office after this date through May 4th.  After that date, the Madonna Day program will go to press and we will not be able to make any edits.

SAA Wellness Brings Presentation and Open Forum about Sexual Assault on College Campuses

Officer Nikki Lumpkin, an SAA alum, presented to the senior class on the topic of sexual assault during the lunch hour on Friday, March 6th.  Headed by the It’s On Us campaign, Nikki shared tips on how to recognize a potential occurrence and prevent sexual assaults from happening.

Although not a light topic, our seniors asked real and honest “What happens if…” questions, and we appreciated the open forum, Officer Lumpkin provided. Also, at the start of the presentation, Wellness Counselors passed out a list of colleges (from the 2014 matriculation list) and their Wellness Center numbers and emergency contact hotlines. We requested they program those numbers into their phones.

See the infographic data here.

Please encourage your daughter to have this number handy in case she needs to see a counselor on campus in her new time of transition. Our seniors were on point when they said, “It’s not just the all-girls schools who need this message. It’s every school.”

Nikki also did mention that she reached out to many private schools in the Houston area, and SAA was the only school who responded in regards to getting the message out to their students.

Admissions Decisions at the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A and M University for the Class of 2015

As we enter the last few weeks of high school for the Class of 2015, we would like to share some information with our families regarding The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A and M University regarding admission decisions this year.  We hope that you will find this information useful.

St. Agnes Academy sent transcripts on behalf of 129 seniors to The University of Texas at Austin.  This was a school record number of transcripts requested in one single year.  We are pleased to report that 53 of our students received offers of acceptance to the Austin campus.  This represents an acceptance rate of 41% which is consistent with our acceptance rate of the past few years.  Fourteen of our admitted students were in the top 7% of the class.  These students were guaranteed admission to the University of Texas at Austin.  Applicants not accepted for next fall are given the Coordinated Admission Program (CAP) which requires students to start at one of the other UT system schools and guarantees admission to UT-Austin upon completion of 30 hours with a 3.2 GPA.  It is our belief that the changes to the guaranteed admissions policy at the University of Texas at Austin has benefited our students as they went through the admissions process.  Guaranteed admission for the class of 2016 has been set at the top 8%.

Additionally, we also sent a record number of transcripts (129 requests) to Texas A and M University for the class of 2015 and 70 of our seniors have been admitted to the university for the fall of 2015.    An additional 21 seniors were offered Blinn Team.  Blinn Team is an option offered by the university which requires students to complete their first two years of course work at Blinn College.  This represents an acceptance rate of 72%. More information about Blinn Team can be found at here

Students not accepted to the university might have been given Texas A and M’s Program for System Admission (PSA) which guarantees admission to students who successfully complete their first year of college at a participating Texas A and M System Institution and satisfy all requirements set forth by the PSA.  This requires all applicants to finish at least 24 transferable hours with a minimum 3.0 GPA for all courses attempted.  More information can be found at here

Although we have several students happy about admission decisions to these two schools, the competitive nature of admissions leave many disappointed with their own decision.  UT and TAMU reported record number of applications this year without a change to the number of admitted students.  When this happens, schools’ acceptance rates drop and the school is considered more competitive.  Grade point averages and test scores that might have fallen into the admit rate two or three years ago, will not get a student admitted to the same schools this year.

We have had an outstanding year with many of our colleges; public and private, in-state and out of state.  Students in the class of 2015 have been accepted to some of the most selective colleges in the United States.   A more complete summary will appear in a later Tiger Tracks edition.

We have also heard some important information from our college colleagues as we have talked to them about their admissions decisions in the last few weeks.  Application numbers at selective colleges and universities continue to increase at record numbers.  The primary reason for this is the ease of applying to multiple schools because of the Common Application and electronic submission of the application.  Some universities will waive the application fee and /or the essay requirement if a student submits electronically or by a certain date.  We have seen this in our own office as we processed a record number of transcripts for our seniors this year.

As was said earlier, even as the number of applications increases, the number of admitted students remains about the same at most of the colleges.  This results is a lower acceptance rate which makes schools look and feel like they are more selective than the year before.  We have found that students at St. Agnes are applying to more schools and applying to schools with the early deadlines offered by the colleges.

We will continue to work with all of our current juniors as they prepare their lists of potential schools and their applications (essays, resumes, etc.) next fall so that they can present themselves in the best possible light to all schools that are of interest to them.

We are extremely proud of ALL of our seniors and are looking forward to the next couple of weeks as many of them discern their final decisions.

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